Blue Hills Trailside Museum

The resident River Otter running down rocks next to a waterfall that pours into a pool at Blue Hills Trailside Museum
North American River Otter at 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 exhibits of native wildlife. The animals on display—including a River Otter and Red Foxes—have been rescued and would not survive in the wild. 

Location: 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-333-0690
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm • Outdoor Exhibits open daily, 9:00 am-4:00 pm • Trails open every day, dawn to dusk

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Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Written by a local author and illustrated by a local artist, One Day at Trailside is a charming story that features real staff members and visitors as characters. Available just in time for the holidays!

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July 25, 2022 (Monday) - August 5, 2022 (Friday) (8:30am-5:30pm)
A Sliding Scale is available.Join us for a unique camp experience that combines high-quality science education with the tradit... Read more
February 5, 2022 (Saturday) 10:30am-12:00pm
Learn how to track animals in the wild while exploring our trails. Read more
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