Cold weather is upon us and though there are lots of fun winter activities (100, in fact!) to do around the New York City area, sometimes it is just fun to find warmth indoors at a museum.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the American Museum of Natural History is opening its ever-popular, annual Butterfly Conservatory exhibit for the season.
Hundreds of real-life, tropical butterflies will return to the Upper West Side museum, and visitors will have a chance to get up close and personal with these colorful insects flying overhead.
The butterflies are housed in a vivarium, which is a custom-fabricated, temporary shell structure. It is a self-contained environment that is decorated with foliage and blooming flowers, so it is an opportunity to feel as though you are in a tropical climate even when it's cold outside.
All of the butterflies from this exhibit came from butterfly farms in Costa Rica, Texas, and Florida. Butterfly farms allow these insects to have a home and thrive—especially in areas where tropical forests are destroyed. This, in turn, keeps the different butterfly species from becoming endangered.
The Butterfly Conservatory will be on display at the museum through May 29, 2017.
Main image: Children can get up close and personal with the inhabitants of this live exhibit.
Photo courtesy American Museum of Natural History
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