Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Red Fox in outdoor exhibit at Blue Hills Trailside Museum © Scott Donahue
Red Fox © Scott Donahue

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, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Otter Fund

Support the Otter Fund

American River Otter at Trailside © Shawn Carey
© Shawn Carey

Make a gift to the maintenance and animal care fund for the new otter exhibit! 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

Cooking pancakes over a fire

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event March 28 & 29, 2020

Join us for a decades-old tradition of making maple syrup using traditional methods at Brookwood Farm in the Blue Hills Reservation. 

Blue Hills Trailside campers playing a water game

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

At Blue Hills Nature Day Camp in Milton, our unique location atop scenic Chickatawbut Hill invites campers ages 3.5-14 to discover nature through hands-on exploration, creative play, and active learning. Registration now open for summer 2020!

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Upcoming Programs

March 7, 2020 (Saturday) 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mammals have a wide variety of magnificent adaptations to help them survive and defend themselves. Come have a close encounter... Learn More >
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