Butterfly Pavilion started operating in 1990. Created by the Rocky Mountain Butterfly Consortium and as a Colorado nonprofit, it is a publicly supported facility sponsored by corporate sponsorship, admission fees, and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District as a publicly funded facility (SCFD).
The 30,000 square-foot complex, which sits on 11 acres of land, has five primary exhibit areas where visitors can learn about various invertebrates and butterflies. An indoor rainforest with 1,200 free-flying exotic butterflies is a significant attraction.
As an AZA-accredited philanthropic invertebrate zoo, Butterfly Pavilion imports non-native insect species regulated by the USDA. The Butterfly Pavilion has five exhibit spaces, including outdoor gardens, nature trails, and four interior exhibit halls. Each exhibit includes live animals, a one-of-a-kind tactile experience, interactive technology, and exhibit staff narration that teaches science and conservation issues.
Get to stroll among unrestricted butterflies in a tropical haven approximately 15 minutes or less from downtown Denver off Highway 36 at 104th Avenue. The Butterfly Pavilion, which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all year, is a lovely spot to take your family. Its botanical-like setting is supportive of their habitat, and you discover so much about the numerous butterflies at a close range.
To accommodate more visitors and exhibits, In 2025, a new $55 million, 81,000 square-foot building in Broomfield, CO, will open. The new Butterfly Pavilion will have world-class research labs, significantly enhanced tourist experiences, and a significantly expanded zoological complex.
The new Butterfly Pavilion will be at Broomfield, Colorado’s new Baseline development core, home to an extraordinary multi-use complex merging education, environmental conservation, science, housing, and commercial development. The baseline will include a 1,200-acre “Pollinator District,” a pollinator-friendly habitat, and interpretive activities, establishing a new framework for community landscapes and environmental conservation.
Customers of the Butterfly Pavilion will find easy parking. This zoo is a great place to visit if you want to get an intimate experience with some animals.
To get to Butterfly Pavillion, you can take I-25 north towards Hwy 36 west, then exit 104th Avenue north, and turn right on Westminster Blvd, if coming from the south. You could drive I-25 south to the 104th Avenue west exit, then turn left onto Westminster Blvd if coming north. Another access point is from the west, following Highway 36 east to the 104th Avenue North (left) exit, then turning right onto Westminster Blvd. And If coming from the east, take 104th Street or Highway 36 west.
Butterfly Pavilion in Broomfield is a great place to visit if you want to see species that aren’t in your backyard. Bring your kids to this museum to participate in family-friendly activities.
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