Blue Hills Trailside Museum

View of the pond at 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 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, dawn to dusk

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April Vacation

Vacation Week Programs

Kids at Observation Tower platform

Get your kids outside during April Vacation Days at Trailside! We offer full-day programs for ages 5-9. Register now >

Snowy Owl Project

Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith with a snowy owl and his grandchildren

Sanctuary Director Norman Smith has been tracking & relocating Snowy Owls from Boston Logan Airport since 1981. About the project >

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 >

Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's next birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties! Get the Details >

Sanctuary News & Events

David Whipple © Gladstone-Whipple family

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

We’re not 100% sure what got David hooked on birds. We think it started with airplanes—an early enthusiasm. Then in kindergarten, his wonderful teacher Jeanette Reynolds did a unit on birds. Each kid had to make a bird out of paper—David’s was a Cedar Waxwing.

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Upcoming Programs

March 30, 2019 (Saturday) 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet at the museum to learn a little about these strange birds before venturing out in search of a male bird displaying. Becau... Learn More >
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Vernal pools are homes to frogs, salamanders, and even fairy shrimp. Find out about these incredible, temporary bodies of wate... Learn More >
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meet at the museum to learn a little about these strange birds before venturing out in search of a male bird displaying. Becau... Learn More >
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