Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion The Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is the home to rare and exotic arthropods from all over the world, and now features native and tropical butterflies.
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Welcome to the Insectarium! Philadelphia's only all-bug museum, and the largest insect museum in the nation! We have thousands of live and mounted insects, tons of interactive displays, a movie-room, fun stuff for kids, and a whole lot more! Since 1992 the Insectarium has been educating adults and children alike, right here in Northeast Philadelphia, about the fascinating world of arthropods. Hund

reds of thousands of kids have toured our three floors of museum space, seen countless creepy-crawlies, played in our man-made spider web, and had a great time while learning all about insects in a way that is fun and exciting to their active minds.

27 hours until we close our doors for the last time. Come say hello (and goodbye).
05/26/2023

27 hours until we close our doors for the last time. Come say hello (and goodbye).

Zeema the zebra longwing butterfly fluttered down towards her favorite vine and landed on a leaf. The sun felt heavy as ...
05/21/2023

Zeema the zebra longwing butterfly fluttered down towards her favorite vine and landed on a leaf. The sun felt heavy as it edged the sky and evenings were beginning to get chilly. Zeema slowly flapped her wings and made preparations to look for another home. This one would be empty soon (~145 hours).

We had such a great time, thank you for having us Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy!
05/01/2023

We had such a great time, thank you for having us Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy!

Not sure what to do this Saturday? Come see us at the Insectarium for extra fun Earth Day activities from 12-4 pm! We ca...
04/21/2023

Not sure what to do this Saturday? Come see us at the Insectarium for extra fun Earth Day activities from 12-4 pm! We can’t wait to see you there 🌏💚

Every First Saturday, tickets are 50% off! Come check us out May 6 👀 🦋
04/18/2023

Every First Saturday, tickets are 50% off! Come check us out May 6 👀 🦋

Are you on Earth? Are you ready to celebrate it? There’s only one BEST way to do that, and that’s with the Insectarium’s...
04/14/2023

Are you on Earth? Are you ready to celebrate it? There’s only one BEST way to do that, and that’s with the Insectarium’s party of the year. There’s no better way to spend your Earth night than in a tropical garden full of butterflies and booze. 🦋 🥂
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 because do it. 😉
Ticket link in bio!!

Earth Day at the Insectarium will be a day full of events that you don’t want to miss! Family fun will be provided throu...
04/14/2023

Earth Day at the Insectarium will be a day full of events that you don’t want to miss! Family fun will be provided throughout the entire day with a seed bomb making station, a butterfly earring craft table, and face painting to transform into your favorite bug. Of course no day here would be complete without animal interactions galore. 😌🕷️🦂🐍

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EARTH DAY APRIL 22 2023.   Get your OPEN BAR tickets.    Link in bio.
04/10/2023

EARTH DAY APRIL 22 2023. Get your OPEN BAR tickets. Link in bio.

Ticket link in our bio!!
04/09/2023

Ticket link in our bio!!

Antoine the ant stilled as he took in the landscape around him. The moss mountains and pebbled pastures seemed to bubble...
04/07/2023

Antoine the ant stilled as he took in the landscape around him. The moss mountains and pebbled pastures seemed to bubble and consume the Earth in every direction. Chilly air slowly swirled across the ground and Antoine raised his head towards the sun. Antoine was sure that he was large and powerful as he gazed out over his land.

Don’t let this Earth day pass you by uncelebrated. Instead, join us at the Insectarium for a night of fun and fundraisin...
04/05/2023

Don’t let this Earth day pass you by uncelebrated. Instead, join us at the Insectarium for a night of fun and fundraising to help save our precious museum! Three levels of fun await our guests, with music from DJ Jaji and dancing, and specialty cocktails from small crafters Blue Coat Distillery. Get an inspiring taste featuring local businesses with food from King’s Corner and more, and a dessert table with the delectable delicacies of Velvet Sky Bakery.

Enjoy some up close and personal encounters with various insects and exotic animals as you explore through our enchanted pavilion to discover live performers and marvel at the fantastic ice art of Eric Wagner of Ice Sculpture Philly as his gorgeous, interactive creation takes shape throughout the night.

As you wander, feel free to make a bid at our silent auction on an array of art, antiques, offers and products from local businesses, as well as some fantastic creations using our very own butterflies.

All of the funds from the tickets and auction items will contribute to our efforts to save our fantastic museum, so bring a guest and invite your friends!

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04/03/2023

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Who’s ready to meet these five pretty babies, the ONLY insects who are capable of turning their heads? Starting at noon ...
04/03/2023

Who’s ready to meet these five pretty babies, the ONLY insects who are capable of turning their heads? Starting at noon will be at the Insectarium for Mantis Monday. Come by and meet these beautiful creatures up close!

Check out our spring break schedule! Something new and exciting every day of the week. Plus more surprises…
03/31/2023

Check out our spring break schedule! Something new and exciting every day of the week. Plus more surprises…

Our Dark Fishing Spider fishing for …..🦗🦗🦗   from the OPEN Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion 🦋🪲🪰🐛
03/23/2023

Our Dark Fishing Spider fishing for …..🦗🦗🦗 from the OPEN Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion 🦋🪲🪰🐛

03/20/2023

Happy to announce our friends at the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion will be at Play-A-Palooza 2023 with an assortment of creepy, crawly, captivating insects for children to see, touch, and learn about. We'll also have our friends at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania here with informational material and table activities. You don't want to miss this!

To commemorate the   we’d like to say Happy birthday to our favorite Ghost Mantis - Spriggin! Little guy has been with u...
03/20/2023

To commemorate the we’d like to say Happy birthday to our favorite Ghost Mantis - Spriggin! Little guy has been with us for exactly 1 year today. If you know mantises, you know that’s a good long life! Thankfully Spriggin has blessed us with a number of children to keep the family line strong 💪. Also a special thank you to for taking extra special care of our mantises and being such a fantastic zookeeper.

03/15/2023
The Insectarium is so excited to join  for their celebration of the return of Spring! Come visit some of favorite animal...
03/08/2023

The Insectarium is so excited to join for their celebration of the return of Spring! Come visit some of favorite animal friends at our table on March 25 at Play-a-Palooza.

The Insectarium is so excited to join Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse for their celebration of the return of Sprin...
03/08/2023

The Insectarium is so excited to join Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse for their celebration of the return of Spring! Come visit some of our favorite animal friends at our table on March 25 at Play-a-Palooza.

One of our resident Vietnamese Mossy Frogs, look at that pose, she’s a super model… her name is .... Kate Moss 😬        ...
03/06/2023

One of our resident Vietnamese Mossy Frogs, look at that pose, she’s a super model… her name is .... Kate Moss 😬

Happy Sunday from the   ! Specifically this beauty, a Green Bottle Blue
03/05/2023

Happy Sunday from the ! Specifically this beauty, a Green Bottle Blue

You impress me. Continuously. You add levity to logic and humility to humor. I laugh and feel grounded in equal measure ...
02/14/2023

You impress me. Continuously. You add levity to logic and humility to humor. I laugh and feel grounded in equal measure when I’m around you. You are my compass and my magnet.

In my heart of hearts, I know how very lucky I am to get to be around you so much. To get to share small quiet moments with you. And to get to hold you when you feel both gleeful and sad. When you feel the swelling thrum of imminent zoomies and the muted mists of growing storm clouds. I will be the rock upon which your lighthouse glows.

You make me feel everything and I love you for that. My sweet.

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We will be open on President's Day, Monday, February 20. Bring the whole family for an outing you won't soon forget!
02/13/2023

We will be open on President's Day, Monday, February 20. Bring the whole family for an outing you won't soon forget!

Why are the frogs at the   so happy?…… because they eat whatever bugs them ! ….  Ba’ dum ‘chhh *🥁*
02/11/2023

Why are the frogs at the so happy?…… because they eat whatever bugs them ! …. Ba’ dum ‘chhh *🥁*

Send us a dm and let us know what you’d be able to donate. We can offer a couple of free passes!
02/09/2023

Send us a dm and let us know what you’d be able to donate. We can offer a couple of free passes!

Yes, it’s that special time of the year again.  That time when you are veritably obligated to affirm your love for your ...
02/06/2023

Yes, it’s that special time of the year again. That time when you are veritably obligated to affirm your love for your partner by engaging in romantic overtures of one form or another. Well, amidst all the expectation and pressure, the Insectarium is happy to be offering you a more natural option this year. We’ll be enjoying a casual, relaxing evening complete with flowers and simple drinks. Nothing over the top. Nothing too crazy or off the wall. Just the usual rainforest with tropical butterflies, specialty cocktails, giant snakes, liquid nitrogen, and endless shenanigans.

Join us for a Valentine’s celebration on Saturday Feb 18th and be sure to KISS (Keep It Squirming Silly) at the Insectarium. Link in bio for tickets!

Address

8046 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
19136

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(215) 335-9500

Website

https://www.phillybutterflypavilion.com/earth-day-after-party/, https://www.ph

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