The Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Visit the Exhibit on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail

a butterfly at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix
Judy Hedding

The butterfly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden is a popular destination for school groups, out-of-town visitors, and locals alike. Visitors to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion can expect to see hundreds of butterflies housed in a flight-enclosed lush garden that recreates a habitat that is most appealing to butterflies.

When and Where You Can Visit the Butterfly Pavilion

This is a seasonal exhibit within the Desert Botanical Garden, which is located in Phoenix, near McDowell Road and 64th Street. The exhibit is open to all garden visitors every day from Saturday, March 2, 2019, through Sunday, May 12, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no extra charge to visit the Butterfly Pavilion. It is included with general garden admission.

Five Things to Know about the Butterfly Pavilion

  1. Previously known as the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion, the new seasonal butterfly opened in 2017. The expanded exhibit incorporates a caterpillar nursery and emergence chamber to let visitors view all stages of a butterfly’s life. The exhibit features educational displays about the butterfly life cycle, pollination and how to create a butterfly-friendly garden.
  2. The butterfly pavilion is located on the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. That's just a short walk from the garden entrance. Your Visitors Guide has a map has a trail map, and there is signage directing guests to the pavilion.
  3. Please do not touch the butterflies, and be careful where you step when you are inside the pavilion. You wouldn't want to crush any of these beautiful, delicate creatures.
  4. Garden volunteers will control entry to the pavilion, for your safety and to protect the butterflies. Once inside, there is no time limit on your visit. The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, so you can ask them questions about the butterflies, too.
  5. In the spring, butterflies are added to the exhibit every week. You might be lucky enough to attend during a butterfly release, pictured above! As Phoenix gets warmer through the spring months, there will be more and more butterflies. You'll probably see the most butterflies in April, but visiting any time during the exhibit's annual spring schedule is lovely.

If You Have Additional Questions

For more information, contact the Desert Botanical Garden at 480-941-1225 or visit the garden online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.