Exhibits at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

View of the pond from Trailside auditorium

Native Wildlife Exhibits

None of the animals at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum could survive without human help. The animals are either orphans raised by humans, permanently disabled by injury, were born in captivity, or impossible to return to their exact habitat (which is critical for reptiles).

These animals, which represent some of the species that are native to Massachusetts, give visitors the opportunity to experience the rich variety of life found in this area. Learn more about nature & wildlife >

One of the resident Red Foxes exploring snow at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

These animals naturally stay active through Massachusetts winters and are on permanent display in the outdoor enclosures. 

Male box turtle

These reptiles are kept in the museum’s animal care facility and the mammals are on display in the museum’s exhibit hall, during the colder months of the year.

Naturalist with mask handling a resident Peregrine Falcon at Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Peregrine Falcon

These species are only used for educational programs and are not usually on display.