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: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Outdoor Exhibits open daily, dawn to dusk

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Otter Fund

Support the Otter Fund

American River Otter at Trailside © Shawn Carey
© Shawn Carey

Honor Sanctuary Director Norman Smith's retirement with a gift to the Otter Exhibit Maintenance Fund. Donate >

Snowy Owl Project - spring/summer

Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith about to release a rescued Snowy Owl

We've been tracking & relocating Snowy Owls from Boston Logan Airport since 1981. More Info >

Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties

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

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 >

Sanctuary News & Events

Close-up of a Northern Saw-whet Owl

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event October 26-27, 2019

Give a hoot for all things owl at our annual family-friendly festival! Meet live owls up-close, discover how these mysterious animals survive, and enjoy kid's crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

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Upcoming Programs

October 26, 2019 (Saturday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Give a hoot for owls at Trailside Museum's Owl Festival! Meet live owls up close and discover how these mysterious animals sur... Learn More >
October 27, 2019 (Sunday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Give a hoot for owls at Trailside Museum's Owl Festival! Meet live owls up close and discover how these mysterious animals sur... Learn More >
November 16, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl cal... Learn More >
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