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

Sanctuary News & Events

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event Sunday, October 9–Monday, October 10
hawk at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Owls, falcons, hawks, and vultures—oh my! Spend the day with us to investigate these magnificent winged hunters. Animal presentations occur on the half hour starting at 10:30am.

Raptors © Shawn Carey
© Shawn Carey

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend at Trailside Museum. The “Feather Your Nest Yard Sale” runs Saturday–Monday, the “Wind Rider Festival” runs Sunday–Monday, and food trucks will visit the museum all weekend.

Horses and Wagon © Blue Star Equiculture
© Blue Star Equiculture

Imagine riding in a horse-drawn wagon under the colorful canopy of sugar maples, all the while learning about the seasonal changes taking place around you.

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Upcoming Programs

October 15, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations...
October 29, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Celebrate Halloween at this family-friendly, non-scary event. The outdoors will be illuminated as we...
November 5, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations...
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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