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

Sanctuary News & Events

Tree swallow © Sean Carey
Tree swallow © Sean Carey

Spring has arrived with thousands of migrating birds. Want to see what's out there? Join us on select Saturday mornings in April and May as we seek out active hotspots with the most interesting birds. Birders of all levels welcome!  

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Upcoming Programs

June 9, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireflies and lazy summer nights just seem to go together. Celebrate the start of summer with us as we...
June 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Celebrate Father's Day with a brunch followed by a nature hike. We'll meet at Trailside Museum for a...
June 21, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do...
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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