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: Tues-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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Barn owl © Peter Sutton

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event October 26, 2017

We've all heard stories about animals that go “bump” in the night—but which stories are just make-believe? Join us for a Halloween party and discover some of the truths about nighttime animals!

Norman Smith with snowy owl and his two grandchildren

This week, Governor Charlie Baker signed the FY18 state budget for Massachusetts, which included $250,000 for Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s annual operating budget.

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Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations...
October 26, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Celebrate Halloween at this family-friendly, non-scary event. People tell stories about the animals that...
November 5, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Where do the leaves go when the wind blows? Let’s explore art and science using fallen leaves....
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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