About Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Baby owl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum
© Joan Moore

Operated in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, 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.

Acres

Within the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation

Trail Mileage

125 miles via Blue Hills Reservation

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Live animal presentations, programs, and special events.
  • Summer camp to discover nature through hands-on exploration, creative play, and active learning.
  • Universally accessible guided trail experience including a rope guide and educational materials in large-print, Braille, audio, and tactile formats.
  • Home base for the snowy owl research and satellite telemetry project, which collects migratory and physical data on wintering snowy owls.
  • Private function and event space in the auditorium and atop scenic Chickatawbut Hill, the second highest peak in the Blue Hills Reservation.

Location, Hours, and Fees

1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
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April-November: 
Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Outdoor Exhibits, Daily, 8:30 am–5:00 pm

December-March: 
Thursday-Sunday & Monday holidays 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Outdoor Exhibits, Daily, 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Trails: Daily, dawn to dusk

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12)