Visit the Butterfly House
Butterfly HouseMore than a thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Watch a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis right before your eyes, marvel at our insect collection on display in Small Wonders, or go outside and visit native and migrating species in the Native Butterfly Garden. Take a class, bring a field trip, shop, or plan a private event.

Whatever your age, you'll enjoy a visit to the Butterfly House, where wonder takes flight!

Butterfly House Policies and Etiquette

Health and Safety Reopening Protocols

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is pleased to announce that the St. Louis County health officials have approved our plan for safely reopening, and on June 16, 2020, we will open our doors to the public once again!

In order to ensure a safe, healthy experience for visitors, we are taking the utmost precaution and asking that you do the same. We are so excited to welcome you back to enjoy our beautiful gardens, butterflies, and other animals throughout our insectarium. Please read below for additional details about your upcoming visits to the Butterfly House:

  • To ensure the safety of all, the Butterfly House will reopen in phases. During the first phase, the Butterfly House will be open for guided tours only, starting with Members the first week and then opening tours for general public starting June 23. Each tour will be a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 9. Each tour will start 20 minutes apart, with staggered arrival times. No more than 16 tours will be sold each day.
  • Staff-guided tours will take guests on a journey Under the Big Top featuring a magnificent menagerie of circus-inspired insect and botanical collections. All hour-long tours will include a private butterfly release and live animal encounters.  Advanced reservations are required.
  • As part of our enhanced safety protocols, visitors will enter and exit the Butterfly House through separate one-way paths to allow for safe proper social distancing. There will be increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the Butterfly House.
  • Everyone older than the age of 9 will be required to wear protective face coverings per St. Louis County Department of Health guidelines at all times, except when eating or drinking. Face Coverings are recommended for children ages 3-8.
  • Starting June 16th, the Butterfly House’s extended Summer hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday and will run through Labor Day.
  • Following the first phase, the Butterfly House plans to move to timed e-ticketing entry, with limited hourly capacity, starting on July 7. Tickets will be available in 60-minute time slots both online and by phone only. No walk-up purchases. Same-day e-ticket purchases may be limited, depending on availability.
  • Reservations and tickets will be available prior to opening at More specific details will be shared closer to the reopening.

Keep up with the Butterfly House on social media. Staff continue to share photos and video online, including a weekly “Snack Chat” live video, where you can learn more about the many insects the Butterfly House cares for.

Faust Park

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park.  Faust is a St. Louis County Park in Chesterfield, Missouri off Olive Blvd.  The park has several attractions in addition to the Butterfly House.  Visit their website for more information.