Butterfly Biosphere

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Butterfly Biosphere

in the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Building honoring the memory of Hilda Ruth Harrell



3003 N Thanksgiving Way

Lehi, UT 84043



Tickets available HERE

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 8 pm

Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving & Christmas Days



The Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point’s Water Tower Plaza is an experience unlike anything in the state of Utah! This 40,000 square foot venue is home to over a thousand butterflies from around the globe. In addition to dozens of species of butterflies, it also has 20 species of tarantulas, beetles as big as your fist, and many more creepy crawly friends. Complete the experience by helping release a butterfly take a lab tour, or visit the gift shop!


The Butterfly Biosphere is part of the Thanksgiving Point membership plan. This means that members have unlimited access to this and the other four Thanksgiving Point venues all year long. To learn more about the benefits of Thanksgiving Point membership visit our Membership page.



Butterfly Biosphere Features

Leafcutter Ants

These amazing invertebrates are the newest permanent exhibit at the Butterfly Biosphere! Visit our colony of 65,000 female leafcutter ants and watch their amazing farming process. Leaf fragments are carried into the nest and an assembly line of ants cuts them into smaller pieces, mulches them into pellets, then fertilizes and arranges the pellets into piles, and finally plants strands of fungus onto them to encourage new growth. Colonies this size are only successful because they work together. Guests entering the Butterfly Biosphere will be able to immerse themselves in the lives and work of these amazing ants.


Butterfly Release and Lab Tour

Butterfly Release: $4 per person
Get your cameras ready! Complete your visit with an up-close and personal
Butterfly Release experience. Help one of our butterflies complete its long journey to their first flight in our conservatory. In addition, you will receive a certificate trading card of your very own butterfly. Come again to collect all your favorite butterfly cards. Butterfly Biosphere admission not included.

Monday-Saturday 11:00-11:30 pm or 5:00-5:30 pm


Lab Tour: $12 per person
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the lab of the Butterfly Biosphere! Visit with an entomologist to discuss invertebrates, insects, arachnids, how we care for them and more! Each tour includes your own butterfly release experience in the Butterfly Biosphere.

Every Wednesday & Friday at 1 pm. See the Front Desk for availability.

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Critter Encounters

Stop by the critter cart on your trip around the museum. At the regular  30 minute show times (12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM, and 6 PM) get an up close look and handle one of our friendly bugs. Just stop by anytime during one of these half hour blocks to say hello!


What's Happening at the Butterfly Biosphere

August 20

Butterfly Biosphere Mystery Night
August 20, 5-8 pm
An Olympic Torch Travesty

The Summer Insect Olympics are ready to begin, but the Olympic Torch was stolen the night before the Opening Ceremonies! Only the athletes had access to the field, so interview some Insect Olympians to discover who committed the crime.

Included with venue admission

Fridays October through May


Join us for our hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each week at 11 am. Each week a new story is read followed by a fun activity that goes along with that story.

11:00am-11:20am (Please purchase a 10:30 or 11:00am ticket for this activity.)

Included with venue admission

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Explorer Pass

See it all with an Explorer Pass! A Thanksgiving Point Explorer Pass grants admission into all five venues (Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm County, Museum of Ancient Life, Ashton Gardens, and Butterfly Biosphere) for one day. 

Adults: $34.95
Children (ages 3-12): $24.95
Children ages 2 and under: Free




Regular Season Admission

Adult Admission: $20
Youth Admission (13-24): $17
Child Admission (ages 3-12): $15
Seniors (65+): $17
Children ages 2 and under are Free

Remember that Thanksgiving Point members receive unlimited free admission!


Museums for All

Museums for all is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

With presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer card, admission is available for up to six people, at $2 per person. Available in person only. Not available for online purchases.




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Group Pricing

-Groups of 20+ receive 20% off regular admission prices.

-To receive the discount rate groups must enter and pay as a group in one transaction.

-Reservation does not denote private experience - this is a public area.

-No amplified music or microphones allowed.

-Valid only during regular hours of operation.

-Blackout dates may apply.


Butterfly activity peaks around mid-day and begins to wane in the later afternoon on most days when the butterflies roost for the night.

 Don't worry though! Evenings are the best times to photograph butterflies at rest and see the huge owl butterflies in flight. Plus, you’ll witness lots of other exciting creatures that are nocturnal - meaning they're most active at night – moving around and doing their thing! Likewise, the Costa Rica Climber and Discovery Zone are unaffected by time of day, so there's something you'll enjoy at the Butterfly Biosphere, regardless of time of day!

No food is allowed in the Butterfly Biosphere. Capped drinks and mugs from the Thanksgiving Point Tower Mug program are allowed. Pets are not allowed. 

All the living insects need to stay at the Butterfly Biosphere. The Conservatory is a USDA regulated containment facility where removal of butterflies is prohibited.  Federal law dictates a penalty of $25,000 or up to 9 years in prison for removing butterflies from the Conservatory.

Consider taking home a beautiful pinned insect from the gift shop instead!

Yes! Wheelchairs are $10 per rental, and strollers are $5 per rental. The Butterfly Biosphere is wheelchair accessible.

Yes! Birthday parties at the Butterfly Biosphere are now available. Check HERE for all the details!

Field trips will be available at the Butterfly Biosphere beginning Fall of 2019. Check the Field Trip page for the latest information.

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