Exhibits at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

View of the pond from Trailside auditorium

Gallery Exhibits

In addition to the animals permanently on exhibit, the museum hosts gallery shows by local artists. Featuring photography, fiber arts, painting, and other media, these works celebrate the beauty of the nature of Massachusetts.

Our Oceans in a Changing Climate

"An Unexpected Guest" 2018 Bow Seat winner © Eunice Choi
"An Unexpected Guest" © Eunice Choi

April 1–May 31, 2019
Trailside's spring art exhibit features the winners of the international 2018 Ocean Awareness Student Contest, an annual competition hosted by Boston-based nonprofit From the Bow Seat. Learn More >


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 >

snowy owl pair at blue hills

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

American toad © Rosemary Mosco
American toad © Rosemary Mosco

These smaller animals are on permanent display in the museum’s exhibit hall.

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.