Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Red Fox 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, 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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