The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World Located behind historic Ste. Anne's Church on beautiful Mackinac Island, the Original Butterfly House is just a 10 minute walk away from downtown. Regular Season Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM The doors lock 30 min before close
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06/05/2020

Thank you for all of the love! We just reached 4,000 likes and we are appreciate each and every one of you

06/03/2020

The gift shop is coming together nicely! We are so excited to open in mid June. Here’s a sneak peak at some our favorites #homedecor #mackinacisland #wineglasses #comingsoon 🐝#getbuzzed #openingsoon #theoriginalmibh #gardensupplies #getplanting

The boardwalk is getting updated! Can’t wait to see the progress and experience more of these beautiful sunsets #mymacki...
05/21/2020

The boardwalk is getting updated! Can’t wait to see the progress and experience more of these beautiful sunsets #mymackinac #allgoodmack #mackinacisland #puremichigan #travelmichigan #sunset #landscapephotography #photography #theoriginalmibh 📸 @adamusru

It’s really starting to feel like summer! Can’t wait to get on the water #lakehuron #lifeisgood #mackinacisland #mymacki...
05/17/2020

It’s really starting to feel like summer! Can’t wait to get on the water #lakehuron #lifeisgood #mackinacisland #mymackinac #allgoodmack #puremichigan #travelmichigan

Join us for a Q&A, updates on our opening date, and gift shop show and tell. We have so many fun new books and activitie...
05/14/2020

Join us for a Q&A, updates on our opening date, and gift shop show and tell. We have so many fun new books and activities that you can do at home with your families #stayhome #shopupdate #familyfun #newbooks #activitiesforkids #newmerch #mymackinac #allgoodmack #theoriginalmibh #parents

05/10/2020
Releasing the Queen Bee

Beekeeping update! Yesterday I went into the hive an released our Queen from her cage. Watch now to learn how! #beekeeping #beekeeper #beekeeping101 #theoriginalmibh

05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

During these unprecedented times, we wish you all of the love and thank you for your super hero work!

05/06/2020
How to install a bee package 🐝

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shipped, equipment you will need, how to keep your new Queen 🐝 safe, and other fun facts.

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shippe...
05/06/2020

Join us for our first ever Facebook Live video! We will be installing a package of bees. Learn about how they are shipped, equipment you will need, how to keep your new Queen 🐝 safe, and other fun facts. #beekeeping #backyardbeekeeping
#facebooklive #honeybee #educational #letsdothis

Happy Saturday! Enjoy the day friends! #butterflies #butterfly #insectagram #butterfliesofinstagram #garden #greenhouse ...
05/02/2020

Happy Saturday! Enjoy the day friends! #butterflies #butterfly #insectagram #butterfliesofinstagram #garden #greenhouse #butterflyhouse #theoriginalmibh #starrycracker #lepidoptera #nature #naturelovers #photography #color #stayhomestaysafe

04/26/2020

Is quarantine making you feel buggy yet? Awesome bug mugs coming soon! #supportsmallbusiness #mug #makeyourmorningunique #coffee #tea #bugmug #insectlove #entomology #insects #insectsofinstagram #ceramics #nature #onlinestore #theoriginalmibh

04/22/2020

Discounted tickets are now available. Help support small businesses and buy yours today! #supportsmallbusinesses #discounts #admissiontickets #butterflyhouse #mackinacisland #travel

Hi friends, saw this the other day when I  needed a chuckle! Enjoy🦋🐌We are still aiming to open May 22nd, we will keep y...
04/21/2020

Hi friends, saw this the other day when I needed a chuckle! Enjoy🦋🐌

We are still aiming to open May 22nd, we will keep you updated with any changes. Stay home and healthy in the meantime! #cartoon #butterflyhumor #stayhomestaysafe #covid19

In these unprecedented times, we understand that summer plans are subject to change. We have created admission tickets t...
04/10/2020
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

In these unprecedented times, we understand that summer plans are subject to change. We have created admission tickets that you can purchase online. These tickets will be valid for 2 years and $2 off.

https://www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/product/discounted-adult-admission-ticket/

Thank you to all of our loyal customers and for your continued support during this time.

Stay home and stay healthy!

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

You can now purchase your admission tickets to The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World online!We k...
04/06/2020
Admission Tickets | Original Butterfly House

You can now purchase your admission tickets to The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World online!

We know that the Corona Virus outbreak has thrown a wrench into everyone's summer plans and things are up in the air for us all.

Two major perks of purchasing your tickets online, during the 2020 season, are that the tickets are $2 off AND valid for 2 years! (2020-2021 season)

Just bring your tickets with you upon arrival, we will cross check the name and number on your ticket to our sales history, making check-in painless and efficient. Wristbands allowing re-entry into the Butterfly House throughout your stay on the island, will also be offered during check-in.

   

Look who finally came out of estivation! **Fun Fact** Estivation is a state of dormancy during dry or hot spells. Chewy ...
04/02/2020

Look who finally came out of estivation! **Fun Fact** Estivation is a state of dormancy during dry or hot spells. Chewy is from arid regions of South America. We recreated the dry season over the winter and have been mimicking spring showers to wake him up. Happy spring! #chewy #theoriginalmibh #pacmanfrog #chubby #estivation #hibernation #amphibian #frogs #frogsofinstagram #spring #animallovers #springshowers

Woolly Bear Wednesday! Spring has sprung #woollybearwednesday #caterpillar #moth #lepidoptera #spring #spreadcheer #inse...
04/01/2020

Woolly Bear Wednesday! Spring has sprung #woollybearwednesday #caterpillar #moth #lepidoptera #spring #spreadcheer #insects #explore #theoriginalmibh #nature @ Traverse City, Michigan

Today is the day that we were planning on getting the garden over to the island to begin the journey of opening the Butt...
03/31/2020

Today is the day that we were planning on getting the garden over to the island to begin the journey of opening the Butterfly House. It’s surreal to be living through this unprecedented time and that our lives are all changing so drastically.
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Our opening date is being postponed, we are tentatively planning to open on May 22nd. This date is subject to change if things do not improve in the world.
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The health and safety of our guests and staff is always our highest priority. Upon opening, Health and Sanitary Protocols will be put into effect to ensure a safe environment for all. Stay safe and healthy friends. Feel free to reach out with any questions. #bewell #weareinthistogether #mymackinac #mackinacisland #theoriginalmibh #update #covid_19 #2020season #stayhealthy #allgoodmack #futuretravel

Happy #NationalButterflyDay
03/14/2020

Happy #NationalButterflyDay

Today is #NationalButterflyDay and so we are celebrating all the many species of butterflies in our state! Several species of butterfly are threatened or at risk - the Mitchell's satyr, the Poweshiek skipperling, and the Karner blue, just to name a few.
Photos clockwise from top left:
Fritillary butterfly by Lauren Ross
Monarch butterfly by Nan Pokerwinski
Karner blue by Martha Hitchiner
Painted lady by Marianne Glosenger

🙌👏👏 We are so excited to support such an amazing cause. Keep an eye out for 4Ocean Bracelets in our store this summer. B...
02/15/2020
The Guys Who Sell Ocean Plastic Bracelets Are Closing in on 8 Million Pounds of Waste Pulled From the Sea

🙌👏👏 We are so excited to support such an amazing cause. Keep an eye out for 4Ocean Bracelets in our store this summer. Buy your very own bracelet and remove another pound of ocean trash #savethesea #4ocean #reducereuserecycle #oceancleanup

The company that has been selling $20 plastic bracelets made of ocean plastic are expanding their operations into Guatemala and Central America.

We were lucky enough to be able to get a peak at the breeding facilities and nursery at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch #cat...
01/26/2020

We were lucky enough to be able to get a peak at the breeding facilities and nursery at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch #caterpillars #butterflies #nursery #breedingfacility #science #lepidoptera #butterflyfarm

Basking in the sunshine #mysceliaethusa #mexicanbluewing #butterfly #lepidoptera #belize #butterflyfarm #flighthouse #in...
01/15/2020

Basking in the sunshine #mysceliaethusa #mexicanbluewing #butterfly #lepidoptera #belize #butterflyfarm #flighthouse #insects #nature

Visited Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and was able to see their breeding facility and flight house. Such an incredible exp...
01/13/2020

Visited Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and was able to see their breeding facility and flight house. Such an incredible experience and absolutely beautiful butterflies and caterpillars! 1) Giant Owl eggs 2) Blue Morpho eggs 3) Blue Morpho caterpillar- crazy colors, right!?! More photos to come! #butterflyfarm #butterflies #mariposario #mariposas #insects #caterpillars #ilovemyjob #caligoeurilochus #morphopeleides #giantowlbutterfly #bluemorpho @ Green Hills Butterfly Ranch

What a beautiful day it was to ring in the new year! Have a wonderful 2020 everyone!!! #happynewyear #2020 #hiking #upno...
01/02/2020

What a beautiful day it was to ring in the new year! Have a wonderful 2020 everyone!!! #happynewyear #2020 #hiking #upnorth #travelmichigan

It’s been a drizzly weekend, but the New Years festivities are about to begin! #mackinacisland #makeitmackinac #theorigi...
12/29/2019

It’s been a drizzly weekend, but the New Years festivities are about to begin! #mackinacisland #makeitmackinac #theoriginalmibh #hapoynewyear #welcome2020

11/17/2019

Dynastes granti larvae, our first attempt at breeding! We are so excited to have two healthy babies munching away! #checkup #breeding #beetles #coleoptera #theoriginalmibh #entomology #larva #herculesbeetle #dynastesgranti #cutie

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #th...
10/30/2019

Bye for now Mackinac!! See you in a few weeks #travelmichigan #mymackinac #mackinacisland #puremichigan #endofseason #theoriginalmibh

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theo...
10/17/2019

The stunning Blue Wave butterfly basking in the morning sun #butterflies #blue #colorful #photography #lepidoptera #theoriginalmibh #insects #insectphotography 📸 @adamusru

Do these look familiar?😉 🌿🧐 #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland
10/15/2019
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Do these look familiar?😉 🌿🧐 #insectworld #theoriginalmibh #giantleafinsects #welovewatchingthemwalk #mackinacisland

Giant Malaysian leaf insects stay still on their host plants to avoid hungry predators. But as they grow up, they can't get lazy with their camouflage.

They change – and even dance – to blend in with the ever-shifting foliage.

🌾🦋🌺Butterflies are pollinators too🌺🦋🌾 #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland 📷: A...
10/14/2019

🌾🦋🌺Butterflies are pollinators too🌺🦋🌾 #pollendustedwings #theoriginalmibh #butterflies #pollinators #mackinacisland 📷: Aliana

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6750 McGulpin St
Mackinac Island, MI
49757

Located behind Ste. Anne's Church, just a 10 minute walk from downtown!

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Mackinac Island’s Original Butterfly House and Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents.

Insect World was a part of the building that we renovated in 2006 and turned into an attraction, as an addition to the butterfly exhibit. And with 16″ walking sticks, the worlds heaviest bug, too many species of beetles to name here, walls of insect displays from around the world, educational information and live insects – the newest part of the attraction has been a huge success. You’ll want to plan on taking some time to learn about the benefits of insects to the planet we live on!

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First time here. Amazing! A must see!
Had a great time here on our vacation last week. So beautiful
I enjoyed visiting The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World! These are my favorite pictures, especially the Clipper. Please enter them for the photo contest. 😊
Always enjoy our visit here’s some pics I took, please add for photo contest 👍
My girls absolutely loved your butterfly and insect house on the fourth of July this weekend!
My daughter Cora must be very luck, she had this beautiful butterfly and another one land on her hat. We visited you guys the other day with her 5th grade class from Gull lake's Thomas M. Ryan intermediate school. Such an awsome place!🦋🐛🦋🐞🦗🕷🦋
We went there on a school trip and loved it!!!! So many beautiful butterflies, they also have a few interesting insects there along with a bearded dragon and hedgehog. The staff is extremely friendly and know a lot about the butterflies!!! Would definitely go back!
Got amazing photos of these guys during a cold day!
Had a great time here today with my wife. One of the gentlemen working stopped by to talk to us for quite some time about the butterflies. Once he found out I was a teacher, he shared stories of his teaching career and seemed interested in hearing about my experiences. I always appreciate when a place is welcoming and inviting, and it's clear that this place has mastered this. I was told to post a photo to the Facebook for a photo contest, so here is the photo I liked best from my visit! Thanks again!