Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Pond boardwalk at Blue Hills Trailside Museum
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 >

Gift Shop

Visit the Gift Shop

Plushes & apparel in Trailside's gift shop © Leslie Gomes
© Leslie Gomes

Find toys, apparel, field guides, handmade jewelry, gifts, and much more! Shop with us >

Snowy Owl Project - text only

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Snowy Owl Project

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

Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's next birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties! Book a party >

Sanctuary News & Events

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

July 11, 2020 (Saturday) 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireflies and lazy summer nights just seem to go together. Celebrate the start of summer with us as we enjoy a little ice crea... Learn More >
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