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

Owl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Blue Hills Trailside Museum is accepting submissions for its upcoming exhibit, The Habitats and Wildlife of Mass Audubon Sanctuaries, showing October 8, 2016–January 8, 2017. Submission deadline is September 13, 2016. 

Baby fox © Shawn P. Carey

Thank you to everyone who contacted their senators and representatives about Governor Baker's cut to Trailside’s funding in his review of the state budget in July. Your hard work and dedicated efforts paid off!

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Upcoming Programs

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,...
September 24, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm
Join Trailside Director Norman Smith for a day of hawk watching and banding. Norman will share stories...
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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