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, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
TRAILS: Open daily, dawn to dusk

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DCR 125th Anniversary logo

Blue Hills Trailside Museum is accepting submissions for its upcoming exhibit, DCR: 125 Years of Preserving the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, showing September 8–November 28, 2018. Submission deadline is August 6. 

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Upcoming Programs

July 28, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Did you know butterflies taste with their feet and their wings are covered with scales? How can you tell...
August 4, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Did you know dragonflies and damselflies live most of their lives underwater? How do you tell the difference...
August 11, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Enjoy the sunset from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while we toast marshmallows around the campfire and...
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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