Butterfly Pavilion

Girl and butterfly in the Butterfly Pavilion

An Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus) greets a young visitor in the Butterfly Pavilion. Photo by Rosa Pineda, Smithsonian Institution.

One Hall, Two Exhibits

The Partners in Evolution Hall is a free-admission exploration into how insects and other animals have co-evolved with plants. Discover how natural selection has shaped animals and plants together through their ancient and persistent dependencies, and defenses with one another.

Tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion, a live butterfly experience. Take a stroll among live butterflies and exotic plants! Located adjacent to Partners in Evolution, this tropical oasis offers visitors a rare opportunity to get close to a variety of living butterflies from all over the world.