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: Daily, dawn to dusk

Sanctuary News & Events

Water lilies

In this exhibit, 13 artists present works in a variety of mediums, each depicting or inspired by a New England freshwater wetland. Showing May 20–July 23. 

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 fox © Norman Smith, Mass Audubon
Red fox © Norman Smith

On Thursday, December 7, Governor Charlie Baker gutted funding for Blue Hills Trailside Museum as part of emergency 9C budget cuts. We need your help!

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Upcoming Programs

June 18, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Celebrate Father's Day with a brunch followed by a nature hike. We'll meet at Trailside Museum for a...
June 22, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do...
June 23, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Fireflies and lazy summer nights just seem to go together. Celebrate the start of summer with us as we...
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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