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 >

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

Sanctuary News & Events

Norman Smith with Granddaughter

We’re working to restore funding but we need your help to do it. Call your local state legislator and tell them what Trailside means to you. Better yet, write them a letter. We’ve been told that a handwritten letter is even more powerful than a phone call!

Red Barn In Winter © D Bradlee
Red Barn In Winter © D Bradlee

In this exhibit, ten artists present winter as a season of change and renewal as expressed through peaceful and picturesque scenes of New England. Showing February 4–March 27. 

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Upcoming Programs

March 25, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet at the museum to learn a little about these strange birds before venturing out in search of a male...
March 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Vernal pools are homes to frogs, salamanders, and even fairy shrimp. Find out about these incredible,...
April 8, 2017 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Do you have a walking stick for your walks and adventures? Perhaps you know someone who would enjoy one...
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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

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties. Learn More