Check out our educational and hands-on exhibits including: Healthy Bodies Gallery, Healthy Earth Gallery, How it Works Gallery, Living River and Touch Tank, Maker Lab/Open Lab, and The Bubble!
Butterfly Garden & Bug Zoo
Set in an enclosed picturesque setting of lush plants and a serene water feature, the Butterfly Garden offers something new each visit. Each week we import hundreds of chrysalises from Southeast Asia and Central America. These chrysalises are hung in our emergence case where you can watch them hatch!
The Bug Zoo is part of our beautiful Butterfly Garden and includes a wide variety of exotic creatures. These animals have their own lovely enclosures, designed to provide an environment where they will be comfortable and happy. Many of the animals are still young, so you will want to return again and again to see how much BIGGER they get!
We are working with Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology to reimagine our planetarium. While renovations are ongoing, the planetarium is closed with occasional exceptions for lectures and school groups. Please check our Events Calendar for lectures or our school groups page for classes.