Butterfly Pavilion

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we stand on the backs of these tiny giants.

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General Information

Official Name
Rocky Mountain Butterfly Consortium​​​​​​​
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Butterfly Pavilion & Insect Center, Butterfly Pavilion
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6252 W. 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
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Mission Statement

Butterfly Pavilion exists to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

Organization History

We provide educational opportunities to nearly 60,000 school children and nearly 350,000 visitors annually. We combine science education with hands-on exhibits to teach our visitors about invertebrates and conservation. Butterfly Pavilion is truly a one of a kind experience. We pride ourselves in being an unforgettable, interactive, educational opportunity for our visitors.

Butterfly Pavilion is a Tier II member of the SCFD (Science and Cultural Facilities District) and is the eighth largest cultural attraction in the Denver Metro area, attracting more than 5 million visitors in its 23 years of operation. Butterfly Pavilion was the first stand-alone invertebrate zoo in the United States and has become a prototype for six others. Our facility includes four indoor exhibit areas; eleven acres of public gardens; two educational classrooms; and event space, including a 2,200 square foot ballroom and patio overlooking Jefferson County Open Space.


"We brought two of our grandsons to the Butterfly Pavilion recently, and we had such a great time. The boys loved the rainforest, the butterflies flying everywhere, the grumpy-looking turtle, the amazing flowers. They also had a good time checking out the arthropod section and patting the sea creatures. Our youngest grandson will never forget holding Rosie, the tarantula. Thanks for making this experience possible."

Jo Sorensen, Fort Collins

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