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Sensational Butterflies - Natural History Museum

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Sensational Butterflies is on display in the outdoor butterfly house on the East Lawn of the Natural History Museum until September 11, 2011.

Scaly wings, strange feeding habits and many eyes. What’s it like being a butterfly? Visitors can enter their world in Sensational Butterflies and find out how these amazing insects sense their surroundings.

As you walk through the five sensory zones of sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch in the butterfly house, many different species of butterflies will flutter past you. Some may even land on you, so it’s important to tread with care!

The exhibition features:

A butterfly house filled with 100s of live butterflies and moths.

Spectacular swallowtails, beautiful blue morphos, massive moths and more.

Five sensory zones exploring how butterflies see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

Fun interactive activities and colourful information panels inside the house.

Your own sensational butterfly chart to get stamped at sensory zones.

Hatchery windows to observe emerging butterflies and pupae.

The museum’s first ever butterfly puddle where male butterflies gather to feed.

An outdoor garden with tips on how to attract butterflies at home.

Great gifts for butterfly fans in the museum’s shop.

There is also a programme of talks and events to accompany the exhibition. See for more information.

Sexual Nature continues at the Natural History Museum until October 2, 2011.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000