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Sensational Butterflies Exhibition - Natural History Museum

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Become a butterfly explorer

I always thought the Natural History Museum was about dead things. You know, fossils, skeletons, etc. Apparently not. From the 29th March, the museum will come alive with a flutter of colour in their Sensational Butterfly exhibition. At first I was thinking this was going to be a display of dead butterflies pinned to a wall, which to me would make for rather grim viewing, but fortunately, Sensational Butterflies is all about celebrating the life of these beautiful creatures.

The exhibition is on until the 15th September, outside on the east lawn, where you will be able to see over fifty different species from all over the world, and learn about their lifecycle. One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit will be the hatchery, where you will see the butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Children will also have fun with a number of butterfly challenges, where they can follow a trail and collect stamps.

Tickets are only 4.50, which is a lot cheaper than some exhibitions, which can rack up to 15. There will also be a number of free events taking place:

Marvellous Moths
25th March 2.30pm-3pm & 9th May 12.30pm-2.30pm

Learn about the differences between butterflies and moths

Butterfly Explorers
5th April 12:30pm-1pm & 2:30pm-3pm

Discover what it's like to be a real butterfly explorer.

Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths
7th May, 2.30pm-3pm

Learn about what makes the aerobatic Hawkmoths so special.

A Night in the Jungle
28th May, 12:30pm-1pm & 2.30pm-3pm

Find out the techniques scientists use to capture butterflies.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 29th March - 15th Sept
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 5725
Where: Natural History Museum
Cost: 4.50
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