Visit M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE!
M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! is on hiatus in 2021. Consider visiting the Garden to see native butterflies and insects instead!
Richmond, Virginia’s Butterflies LIVE! allows you to get up-close and personal with hundreds of fluttering beauties. Did you know one of the best botanical gardens in the United States is located only about 2 hours way from the Washington, D.C. area?
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a straight drive down I-95 and only minutes off Exit 83B, just north of Richmond, Virginia.
It’s well worth the trip. You can easily spend an entire day at the Garden: interacting with tropical butterflies in the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, exploring our environmental art exhibit, playing in the Children’s Garden and Klaus Family Tree House; splashing in Water Play; and enjoying 50 acres of blooms like you’ve never seen. Thursday evenings June-mid-September, we’re open late (’til 9 p.m.) for Flowers After 5 with live music and activities. Enjoy great dining and shopping, too!
Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. Photos are permitted, but we ask those taking photos to be respectful of other guests. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.
About Butterflies LIVE!
Included with Garden admission:
$11 seniors 55+
$8 children ages 3 – 12
FREE for children under age 3
FREE for Garden Members
Parking at the Garden is FREE
Please note: In order to allow visitors time to view the exhibit before we close at 5 p.m., the last group of visitors will be admitted into Butterflies LIVE! at 4:45 p.m.
Planning Your Visit
Our Garden is ideally situated, just off of I-95, we are conveniently located with easy access to other nearby Richmond attractions. If you have children be sure to read our Top 10 tips for visiting Butterflies LIVE! with kids.
Butterfly Release Times:
Daily at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Visit during these scheduled times to see newly emerged butterflies take their first flight! Please note the number of butterflies being released may range from several to a dozen.
Watching gorgeous butterflies fluttering about is not the only attraction. Children can complete a Butterfly KidQuest for a prize, learn about pollinators in the Children’s Garden and other butterfly activities.
Meet the Butterflies
We add new butterflies to our exhibit every day, so the butterflies flying in our exhibit on any given day changes. But here are a few of our favorite fluttering beauties that you are likely to meet.
More Butterfly Events
Butterflies LIVE! in the Conservatory is only part of the fun. We’ve planted nectar and host plants for butterflies all over the Garden! Plus, join us for these other butterfly activities in the Garden. Join us for fun family activities in the Children’s Garden where you can learn how to do the bee dance and participate in our Butterflies LIVE! KidQuest. Pick up a copy in the Conservatory, or download and print your own KidQuest PDF.
Celebrate National Pollinators Week
A major initiative of the National Pollinator Partnership, National Pollinators Week recognizes the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture in the United States. Join us for fun family activities in the Children’s Garden where you can learn how to do the bee dance and participate in the “Who’s Pollinating the Garden?” activity.