Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
The Butterfly House is home to over 60 tropical butterfly species and over 150 tropical plants, in our enclosed 8,000 square foot Tropical Conservatory. This breath-taking garden habitat, combined with the beauty of the butterflies, is the heart of the Butterfly House. The entire facility, which also includes an insect zoo, classrooms, theater space, and a seasonal Native Butterfly Garden, is open year round. The Butterfly House does close briefly, each January, for annual maintenance
Named in honor of Sophia M. Sachs, the widow of Sam Sachs, founder of Sachs Electric Co., and mother-in-law to developer Louis Sachs. Louis was known as the "Father of Modern Chesterfield". 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 on September 18, 1998, with the founders Evelyn E. Newman, Lucy Lopata, Linda Penniman, Caroline Loughlin, and Charles A. Lowenhaupt leading the vision. In July 2001, the Butterfly House became a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Butterfly House became the first facility dedicated to insects to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), in 2003.
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