Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The Butterfly House & Pollinator Path

Butterfly House

Re opening Friday, June 1 -  September 2, 2018

Another  fabulous  year!! Thank you for your support.

Butterfly House is Free with Museum Admission

Butterfly Feeding is a $6.00 fee and Reservations are required. 508 896 3867 x133

From June 1st until September 2nd, 2018 you will be able to feed an adult butterfly by holding a small sponge brush with juice on it and watch the butterfly up close as it drinks from the sponge! What a great photo opportunity!

 Feeding times are 10am, 12pm and 2pm, Monday thru Friday.

Saturday and Sunday: 10am, 11:30am and 1pm.  

2018 Feeding Reservations open April 4th.

Throughout history, butterflies have captivated the imagination of artists, philosophers, scientists and schoolchildren with their mystery and beauty. In addition, butterflies are very important pollinators, not only to flowers but also to the food web including their caterpillars which provide food to birds, spiders, chipmunks, ants and more. In our Butterfly House you will see Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies flying about and watch caterpillars go through the different stages of a butterfly life cycle. You may even be there at the moment a butterfly emerges from its chrysalis to join other adults in flight throughout the Butterfly House. Enjoy the magic that has drawn people since butterflies first took flight.

Walk thru the Pollinator Path gardens to view the plants that attract the precious pollinators. Get a closer look at some of the plants that pollinators use. You may see tiny green Sweat bees, Bumble and Honey bees, Long Horned and Soldier beetles or even Hover flies. Don’t forget Hummingbirds and Swallowtail butterflies. In 2016, we attracted 18 new pollinators to this area. Now we are close to 30!

 Enjoy the views and learn about the specific plants  and pollinators as you make your way to the Butterfly House. 

Mothapolooza will be open June 25 - August 10, 2018.

Thanks to the Simon Foundation, Crocker Nurseries, YDS Landscape, North Bay Construction, Nexus Corp and our volunteers and staff involved in making this possible!

Butterfly House Evolution in pictures below!




CARE for the Cape and Islands

CARE for the Cape and Islands is a local nonprofit established to engage visitors and residents alike to help preserve and project our natural environment, wildlife habitats, culture and history. This video shows some of supporters and funded projects. For more information visit