About Us

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization which was established in 1995 to increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive. Sophia M. Sachs was the widow of Sam Sachs, who founded Sachs Electric Co. and was influential in the development of Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.  Mrs. Sachs retained her wonder of discovery until her death in May 1999.  She shared that beauty with children of all ages through life.  This facility is named in honor of her generous spirit.

The Butterfly House opened its doors to the public on September 18, 1998. In July, 2001, the Butterfly House became a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, a leader in horticultural displays, research and education.

Contact Us

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
15050 Faust Park
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(314) 577-0888


The more than 180 volunteers that contribute their time at the Butterfly House are essential to the success of our mission. These individuals of all ages help us bring the joy of learning about butterflies and the environment to thousands of people each week.

We need you as well.

The Butterfly House has many volunteer opportunities. Share your love of gardening and butterflies by working in Guest Services, Horticulture, Entomology or Education. Community Service opportunities for students exist as well.

Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities



The Butterfly House became part of the Missouri Botanical Garden organization in 2001 and merged our membership programs.  As a member you will receive free admission to the Butterfly House according to the level of your Garden membership.  Members also enjoy free admission to the Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve, retail discounts, special members days, and much more!

Contact us for more information on membership