About Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Baby owl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum
© Joan Moore

Operated in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation.

The sanctuary features a natural history museum and outdoor exhibits of native wildlife. The animals on display—including a River Otter and Red Foxes—have been rescued and would not survive in the wild.


1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
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Museum & Gift Shop

Wednesday–Sunday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Restrooms are located in the Museum & next to the North Parking Lot

Outdoor Exhibits

Wednesday–Sunday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm

→ For your safety and to avoid conflicts with wildlife, please follow our sanctuary guidelines during your visit. Dogs are not allowed in the outdoor exhibits area or on sanctuary grounds.


Open daily, dawn to dusk


  • Members: Free
  • Nonmembers: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors (65+), $3 Children (2-12)

As a way to give even more people access to nature and to thank active military for their service, we are proud to offer:

Indigenous Peoples: Free for all self-identified Indigenous people in Massachusetts
EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
ConnectorCare Card to Culture Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your ConnectorCare card
Wonderfund Access: Free for up to 4 people when you show your Wonderfund card
Active-Duty Military: Free for up to 5 people with a valid military ID card


  • Parking
  • Universally Accessible Nature Center
  • Universally Accessible Restrooms
  • Universally Accessible Trail
  • Picnic Area


Within the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation

Trail Mileage

125 miles via Blue Hills Reservation

Sanctuary Highlights

  • Programs and special events for all ages, plus live presentations featuring native wildlife.
  • Summer camp to discover nature through hands-on exploration, creative play, and active learning.
  • Universally accessible path including a rope guide and educational materials in large-print, Braille, audio, and tactile formats.
  • Gift shop that carries backyard birding items, Blue Hills souvenirs, a variety of field guides, handmade jewelry, eco-friendly gifts, and much more.
  • Home base for the Snowy Owl Project, which collects migratory and physical data on wintering Snowy Owls.
  • Private function and event space at the Norman Smith Environmental Education Center atop Chickatawbut Hill, the second highest peak in the Blue Hills Reservation.