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Posted: 9/5/2013 | Print Friendly Version


WHAT: Fall at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
WHEN: September 3-October 31. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. See event descriptions for after-hour events.
WHERE: Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, Mo.
COST: Regular admission is $6 adults; $5 seniors, $4 children (3 to 12). Free for children ages 2 and under. See event descriptions for cost of after-hour events.
INFO:; (636) 530-0076

(CHESTERFIELD):  Experience fun for the whole family this fall with featured events at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. The Butterfly House is kicking off its 15th year of operations with a birthday party, October Owls and Orchids and family-friendly Halloween events.

September 18: Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy birthday cake, reduced admission fees and a 15 percent discount in the Madame Butterfly Gift shop to commemorate the Butterfly House’s 15th anniversary. Guests enjoy $1.50 admission all day. Due to expected increased attendance, no strollers will be permitted inside. There will be ample stroller parking available outside.

Caligo atreus, magnificent owl

October 1-31: October Owls and Orchids.  More than 1,000 owl butterflies will take flight during the fourth annual October Owls and Orchids event. The Butterfly House’s 8,000-square-foot tropical conservatory generally houses 150 owl butterflies which are easily recognized by their chocolate-hued wings and bring yellow markings that resemble an owl eye. Throughout October, there will be more than 10 times the standard number of these butterflies which represent three species: Caligo eurilochus, Caligo atreus and Caligo memnon. October Owls and Orchids daytime events are included with regular admission.

Additional after-hours events will be held on Tuesday evenings in October from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Owl butterflies are most active during evening hours and can be seen in flight during these limited attendance events. There will also be special visitors from the World Bird Sanctuary and nocturnal animals from the St. Louis Zoo during these sessions. $3 for Missouri Botanical Garden members or $6 for the general public. Pre-registration and additional information is available online

October 25-27: Booterflies. Join us for this new after-hours event from 4:30-7 p.m. October 25-27. Play games, create spook-tacular crafts and visit Treat Houses during this family-friendly Halloween event. Children can wear costumes and “trick or treat” in the outdoor Butterfly Garden and take home loot from Endangered Species Chocolate®, GoGo Squeeze®, Snikiddy Snacks®, Surf Sweets®, Bumble Bar® and more! Dinner is included with admission and includes hot dogs, chips, snow cones, lemonade and seasonal drinks from Ladybug Snow Cones. Admission is $15 adults (ages 13 and older); $20 children (ages 2-12); $13 Garden members; $18 Garden members' children (ages 2 - 12).  Pre-registration is required.  Purchase event tickets at the Butterfly House, by calling 636-530-0076 or online at Booterflies is presented by Graybar.

Owls and Orchids

September-November: Little Bugs. For children ages 2-5 with an adult. Bring your toddler to learn more about bugs and butterflies. Classes meet monthly and include a craft, story time, snack and walk through the Butterfly House conservatory. Visit the Garden’s class website for registration and additional information. 

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays); Memorial Day to Labor Day, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The last ticket is sold 30 min. prior to closing each day.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and younger and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. For more information, visit or call (636) 530-0076. Follow the Butterfly House on Facebook at

The Butterfly House is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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The mission of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is “to foster a greater understanding of plant and animal relationships in the environment in order to promote the conservation and restoration of natural habitats.”

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden is located in St. Louis County’s Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo. The central feature of the attraction is an 8,000-square-foot glass conservatory where visitors mingle with more than 60 species of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in free flight. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays); Open every day in March;  Memorial Day through Labor Day, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) $4 for children (3 to 12) and free to children ages 2 and under. For more information, call (636) 530-0076 or visit