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Horniman Museum Butterfly House

Posted by on Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 in Featured, Museums, News, Rainy day, Sunny day

Horniman Museum Butterfly House

The long-awaited Horniman Butterfly House opened this week and we’ve been along to have a look.

The Horniman’s latest attraction is located at the rear of the gardens, close to the animal enclosure. We entered through special curtains to keep the butterflies inside, with a warning from the staff not to allow any inmates to escape on our clothing on the way out. I can see their problem as I was wearing a butterfly on my back the second I got through the door, much to the boys’ delight.

Emerging butterflies at the Horniman Museum

We had been given a spotter’s guide which was useful for identifying some of the butterflies, but mostly the boys just liked spotting the butterflies flying around and camouflaged on plants. There is a metamorphosis zone where you can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis before your eyes, which is perfect for little fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The House is quite small, but has been beautifully planted – MJ was fascinated in particular to spot pineapples growing in the undergrowth.

Pineapple at the Horniman Butterfly House

If you are planning to visit the Butterfly House you will need to book a 15 minute slot; as long as you enter during the allotted time you can stay as long as you like. The tropical climate was a bit much for the children after a while and so we repaired to the café to cool down with an ice cream. Just don’t forget to check yourself in the mirror for escapees on the way out…

Tickets cost £5.40 each, family tickets cost £13.50, free for members and under 3s. More details here

Horniman Butterflies

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