North Carolina’s “Butterfly Room” has reopened after a three year hiatus. Also known as The Living Conservatory, the popular exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh had been closed since the beginning of the pandemic.
Although it’s popularly known as the “Butterfly Room,” The Living Conservatory goes much deeper than that. The exhibit transports visitors to a Central American tropical dry forest, inhabited by butterflies, turtles, tarantulas, snakes and even a two-toed sloth.
Museum officials shut down The Living Conservatory in 2020 because of social distancing concerns during the pandemic. Curators were also worried about potential effects of the virus on inhabitants of the exhibit. It reopened May 27 and is expected to open for selected hours through Labor Day. The “Butterfly Room” is open Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The North Carolina Museum of Sciences is located at 11 West Jones Street in Raleigh. Admission is free.
Check the museum site for any last-minute changes.