Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Operated in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation and features a natural history museum and outdoor wildlife exhibits. The animals on display, including snowy owls and a river otter, have been rescued and would not survive in the wild. Read More

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One-Week Institute for grades 3-8 educators. This engaging institute will highlight ways humans influence and are affected by the natural world, even in their own backyard, and will examine the physical, chemical and biological factors at play in these interconnected relationships.

Norman Smith releases a snowy owl

Norman Smith released an adult male snowy owl at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. This is the 17th owl he has safely removed from Logan Airport this season.

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Upcoming Programs

July 23, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Night can transform the ordinary into something magical. Explore the night-time woods at the base of...
September 3, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
To celebrate the holiday weekend, the Trailside Pond will be open in the afternoon. Come visit the pond,...
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Blue Hills Trailside Museum Gift Shop

Find a variety of products that help explain, identify, and celebrate the wonders of nature. Learn More

Museum Programs

Make the most of your museum visit and explore the nature of Massachusetts by participating in these regularly scheduled programs. Learn More