Blue Hills Trailside Museum

View of the pond 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 Snowy Owls and a River Otter—have been rescued and would not survive in the wild. 

Location: 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-333-0690
Hours: Thursday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 10:00 am-4:30 pm; Outdoor Exhibits open daily, dawn to dusk

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Bird-a-thon is May 10–11

Team Trailside is in it to win it! Join as a team member or cheer us on with a donation. Show your support >

Snowy Owl Project

Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith with a snowy owl and his grandchildren

Sanctuary Director Norman Smith has been tracking & relocating Snowy Owls from Boston Logan Airport since 1981. About the project >

Visit the Gift Shop

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Visit the Gift Shop

Find a variety of products that help explain, identify, and celebrate the wonders of nature. Learn More >

Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's next birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties! Get the Details >

Sanctuary News & Events

American River Otter at Trailside © Shawn Carey

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Originally constructed in 1960 as one of Trailside's very first exhibits, it's time to improve the otter pool to meet modern standards while enhancing the educational experience. Construction is expected to continue until the end of 2019. 

David Whipple © Gladstone-Whipple family

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

We’re not 100% sure what got David hooked on birds. We think it started with airplanes—an early enthusiasm. Then in kindergarten, his wonderful teacher Jeanette Reynolds did a unit on birds. Each kid had to make a bird out of paper—David’s was a Cedar Waxwing.

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Upcoming Programs

May 4, 2019 (Saturday) 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Observe the changes that occur as day shifts to night from the top of Chickatawbut Hill. After enjoying the sunset from the to... Learn More >
May 12, 2019 (Sunday) 10:30am - 12:30pm
Celebrate Mother's Day with a delicious brunch followed by a walk in the woods. We'll begin with a leisurely breakfast featuri... Learn More >
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