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: Tues-Sun & Mon holidays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: Open daily, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
TRAILS: Open daily, dawn to dusk

Sanctuary News & Events

Making apple cider at the annual Blue Hills Fall Festival

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event October 7 & 8, 2017

Join us to make apple cider; enjoy art exhibits, crafts, and food trucks; and find unexpected treasures at our annual Yard Sale.

Norman Smith with snowy owl and his two grandchildren

This week, Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY18 state budget for Massachusetts, which included $250,000 for Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s annual operating budget.

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Upcoming Programs

September 23, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations...
September 30, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Join Trailside Director Norman Smith for a day of hawk watching and banding. Norman will share stories...
October 1, 2017 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

Birthday Parties

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