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: Tue-Sun & Mon holidays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: Open daily, dawn to dusk

Sanctuary News & Events

Close-up of a Northern Saw-whet Owl

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event October 13-14, 2018

Join us for a celebration of all things owl! Meet live owls up-close, learn about owl conservation challenges, and discover the role owls play in myths, legends, and art. There will be kid's crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

Trail in October © Janet DeLonga
Trail, October © Janet DeLonga

In this exhibit celebrating the DCR's 125th Anniversary, 14 artists present works in a variety of mediums that celebrate the DCR's 125th Anniversary. Join us on October 24 for a free Artists' Reception! On display September 8–November 28. 

Annual Yard Sale at Trailside © Kent Harnois
© Kent Harnois

Looking for a few items to spruce up your nest? There’s no telling what you can find at our annual yard sale! Join us this Columbus Day weekend to shop for furniture, housewares, toys, books, and more.

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Upcoming Programs

September 29, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Join Trailside Director Norman Smith for a day of hawk watching and banding. Norman will share stories...
September 30, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Join Trailside Director Norman Smith for a day of hawk watching and banding. Norman will share stories...
October 20, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Nature is in its glory in New England in October! Join us for a naturalist led hike to the summit of...
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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