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

Snowshoeing at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

When the snow is deep, there’s nothing like a pair of snowshoes to help you explore the Blue Hills. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available December-March, Thursday-Sunday.

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

February 19, 2016 8:30am - 3:00pm
Learn about wildlife in the winter! Children currently enrolled in grades K - 4 can stay at the Blue...
February 20, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Travel with Trailside Director and raptor researcher Norman Smith, to several Massachusetts locations...
February 21, 2016 9:00am - 5:00pm
Travel with Trailside Director and raptor researcher Norman Smith, to several Massachusetts locations...
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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