Published on October 16, 2021

Museum Re-Opens & River Otter Returns

Visitor's entrance path leading up to the new otter exhibit at Blue Hills Trailside Museum

It's been a long time coming. Due to the pandemic, all indoor portions of the Blue Hills Trailside Museum have been closed for more than a year. Which is why we're beyond thrilled to be able to welcome the public back inside the Museum as of October 16!

The sanctuary's indoor and outdoor exhibits are currently open 7 days a week from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Trails in the Blue Hills Reservation can be accessed every day from dawn to dusk.

Admission to Trailside is free for Mass Audubon members. Nonmember fees are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 2-12 (no charge for children under age 2).

River Otter is Back

River Otter on a rock in her new enclosure at Trailside

Visitors and staff alike are very excited to welcome Trailside's resident North American River Otter back to the sanctuary!

Her brand-new outdoor exhibit, which took almost two years of construction, was built to bring her enclosure up to current animal care standards and present a more naturalistic, engaging environment that supports typical otter behavior and activities.

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Inside the Museum

Visitors can now explore all of our fascinating indoor animal exhibits, the children's Reading Nook, and interactive displays.

Cover of "One Day at Trailside" book depicting two young children walking up to the Trailside Museum

And no visit would be complete without stepping inside the Museum Gift Shop, where you'll discover beautiful wares crafted by local artisans, fun toys that encourage a child's curiosity, and clever items to help you explore the outdoors!

The gift shop also carries copies of our brand-new children's book, One Day at Trailside, written by local author Ann Suzedell and illustrated by local artist Susan Kilmartin.

And be sure to check out the limited-edition otter merch (while it lasts), which was created to celebrate the return of our resident river otter!