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The Butterfly House at Faust Park

By Deborah O'Brien

Missouri, USA. The aster is a native wildflower in this region. Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on aster flower
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The Butterfly House in Faust Park is one of the top attractions for many families in the St. Louis area. Hundreds of butterflies fill the domed conservatory, creating a tropical landscape in the heart of the Midwest.

If you enjoy visiting the Butterfly House, you may also want to check out the Missouri Botanical Garden or Shaw Nature Reserve.

Location, Hours, Admission:

The Butterfly House is located at 15193 Olive Boulevard in Faust Park in Chesterfield. It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours in the summer. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays and on major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages three to 12. Children two and younger and members of the Missouri Botanical Garden get in free. Residents of St. Louis City and County also get free admission the first Tuesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

What You'll See:

The main attraction at the Butterfly House is the 8,000 square foot, glass-domed conservatory. The building is home to nearly 2,000 butterfies from some 80 species. The butterflies fly free among hundreds of tropical plants. For most visitors, it takes about 15 to 45 minutes to walk through the conservatory. In warmer months, there is also an outdoor butterfly garden to stroll through. Workers maintain the plants in the outdoor garden as a source of nectar for the butterflies.

If you want to learn even more about butterflies, check out the short movie The Butterfly Effect shown every 30 minutes at the Emerson Family Theater. The film provides a good information about the anatomy and behavior of butterflies.

Signature Events:

The Butterfly House also hosts special events throughout the year to showcase its exhibits and programs. One of the most popular is March Morpo Mania. Each March, the conservatory is filled with thousands of Blue Morpho butterflies. It's an impressive sight that draws visitors from across the area. Other special events include Friday Night Flight dinners in June, Owls and Orchids in October and the Winter Jewels celebration during the holidays in December. For more details on these and other signature events, see the Butterfly House website.

Gifts and More:

You can take part of the Butterfly House with you, if you make a stop at the Madame Butterfly Gift Shop. The shop has a wide variety of butterfly-themed merchandise including clothes, jewelry and books. There are also cool toys for kids like bug kits and butterfly nets. The gift shop is open during regular Butterfly House hours.
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