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 some other local attractions that focus on nature like the Missouri Botanical Garden, Powder Valley Nature Center 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 10 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 $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and 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 Conservatory: The main attraction at the Butterfly House is the 8,000 square foot, glass-domed conservatory. The building is home to nearly 2,000 butterflies 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.
- The Butterfly Garden: The outdoor space around the conservatory has been designed as a butterfly garden. The plants have been selected to attract both caterpillars and butterflies. The outdoor garden also contains a reflecting pond and several sculptures, including a 28-foot tall butterfly.
- The Exhibit Hall: Learn more about butterflies and other helpful insects at the Exhibit Hall. The Butterflies of the World exhibit takes a closer look at the amazing diversity of butterflies found all over the world. There's also a live cockroach display and an Exploration Station with interactive exhibits for children.
- Emerson Family Theater: 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.
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.