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Butterfly Biosphere

in the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building honoring the memory of Hilda Ruth Harrell



3003 N Thanksgiving Way

Lehi, UT 84043


Monday - Saturday 10 am-8 pm

Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving & Christmas Days




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The Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point’s Water Tower Plaza is an experience unlike anything in the state of Utah! This 40,000 square foot venue is home to over a thousand butterflies from around the globe. In addition to dozens of species of butterflies, it also has 20 species of tarantulas, beetles as big as your fist, and many more creepy crawly friends. Complete the experience by helping release a butterfly into the conservatory!


The Butterfly Biosphere is part of the Thanksgiving Point membership plan. This means that members have unlimited access to this and the other four Thanksgiving Point venues all year long. To learn more about the benefits of Thanksgiving Point membership visit our Membership page.


Thursdays, 10:30 am and Saturdays, 3:30 pm.

Come learn fun natural history facts and get to know some of our bugs’ personalities on this docent-guided tour through the exhibits and/or the conservatory. The theme of the tour changes monthly, so come back again and again for fresh new perspectives on our small but significant bug friends! Included with regular venue admission.

October - Spooky Spiders
November - How Bugs Feast
December - Conservatory Wonderland

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Butterfly Biosphere Features


The Conservatory is the heart of the Butterfly Biosphere! This nearly 10,000 square foot glasshouse features dozens of tropical and flowering plant species to keep over 1,000 butterflies happy. The Conservatory is a USDA containment facility, meaning that we are able to display incredible insects from all over the world, including famous species like the spectacular Blue Morpho.

Costa Rica Climber

The Costa Rica Climber is a 7,500 square foot nature-themed area dedicated to active play and exploration! Treehouses contain everything your kids will need to become scientists researching rainforest insects and habitats! With a separate play space for the littlest guests on the forest floor, there's something for everyone in the Costa Rica Climber.

Discovery Zone

The Discovery Zone is a world class insectarium where you'll discover all our other invertebrate friends! Guests will be shrunk down to bug-size to get a closer look at what it's like to be an insect, learn about metamorphosis, and see dozens of amazing spineless animals from around the world.


Butterfly activity peaks around mid-day and begins to wane in the later afternoon on most days when the butterflies roost for the night.

 Don't worry though! Evenings are the best times to photograph butterflies at rest and see the huge owl butterflies in flight. Plus, you’ll witness lots of other exciting creatures that are nocturnal - meaning they're most active at night – moving around and doing their thing! Likewise, the Costa Rica Climber and Discovery Zone are unaffected by time of day, so there's something you'll enjoy at the Butterfly Biosphere, regardless of time of day!

No food is allowed in the Butterfly Biosphere. Capped drinks and mugs from the Thanksgiving Point Tower Mug program are allowed. Pets are not allowed. 

All the living insects need to stay at the Butterfly Biosphere. The Conservatory is a USDA regulated containment facility where removal of butterflies is prohibited.  Federal law dictates a penalty of $25,000 or up to 9 years in prison for removing butterflies from the Conservatory.

Consider taking home a beautiful pinned insect from the gift shop instead!

Yes! Wheelchairs are $10 per rental, and strollers are $5 per rental. The Butterfly Biosphere is wheelchair accessible.

Yes! Birthday parties at the Butterfly Biosphere are now available. Check HERE for all the details!

Field trips will be available at the Butterfly Biosphere beginning Fall of 2019. Check the Field Trip page for the latest information.

What's Happening a the Butterfly Biosphere

Each Tuesday at 3 pm


Join us for our new Itsy-Bitsy Science sensory bins, happening every Tuesday at 3 pm. Itsy-Bitsy Science is designed specifically for families with children ages 5 and under. This hands-on experience lets children explore insects and the natural world through their senses, making early science concepts playful and fun! 

Included with venue admission

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Explorer Pass

See it all with an Explorer Pass! A Thanksgiving Point Explorer Pass grants admission into all five venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm County, Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and Butterfly Biosphere) for one day. 

Adults: $34.95
Children (ages 3-12): $24.95
Seniors (65+): $24.95


Regular Season Admission

Adult Admission: $20
Child Admission (ages 3-12): $15
Seniors (65+): $15
Children ages 2 and under are Free

Remember that Thanksgiving Point members receive unlimited free admission!


Museums for All

Museums for all is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

With presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer card, admission is available for up to six people, at $2 per person. Available in person only. Not available for online purchases.




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Group Pricing

-Groups of 20+ receive 20% off regular admission prices.

-To receive the discount rate groups must enter and pay as a group in one transaction.

-Reservation does not denote private experience - this is a public area.

-No amplified music or microphones allowed.

-Valid only during regular hours of operation.

-Blackout dates may apply.

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