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


  • We welcome visitor snapshots; individual, family, engagement and senior class portraits; and other photography or portraiture intended for personal use only (i.e., not for commercial use). Photographers are not allowed to block pathways or visitor access to any area of the Butterfly House. Please review and abide by the following guidelines:
    • Indoor and outdoor public paths cannot be blocked and traffic will not be stopped at any time in order to take photos.
    • Participants will stay on public pathways and in public areas.
    • No use of tripods or non-handheld props. Monopods allowed.
    • Flowerbeds may not be entered or disturbed. Plant labels and other signs may not be changed or removed.
    • No clothing changes inside the premises.
    • There will be no disruption to Butterfly House visitors, staff, animals, plants, or trees in any way.
    • Photos must be taken during regular Butterfly House hours of operation.
    • If a visitor is asked by another person not to take pictures of that person or others accompanying that person, the request must be honored to protect personal rights of privacy. If a picture has already been taken, it must be deleted upon request.

We highly encourage all shoots to be done outdoors as it is extremely difficult to do portrait photography in our Conservatory without blocking pathways or access for our other visitors.

If, at any time, Butterfly House Management determines the party is not abiding by the guidelines, the photography will be terminated immediately.

  • Wedding, bridal, prom and other event photography requires a reservation and prepayment. The fee is $150 for up to 10 people per hour. Reservations are set before or after public hours. Please call (314) 577-0888 x3 to make a reservation.
  • Ad agencies, public relations firms, marketing groups, corporate communications offices, commercial photographers, location scouts and others wishing to shoot commercial photography or video at the Sophia M Sachs Butterfly House should contact the Public Relations Division at or by calling 314-577-0286.
  • Please refer to the Missouri Botanical Garden photo policy for details and clarification.

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.