Blue Hills Trailside Museum

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. Read more >

HOURS: Tue-Sun & Mon holidays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
OUTDOOR EXHIBITS: Open daily, dawn to dusk

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Trailside's resident Common Raven

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Special Event October 27, 2018

We've all heard stories about animals that go “bump” in the night—but which stories are just make-believe? Join us for a Halloween party and discover some of the truths about nighttime animals!

Trail in October © Janet DeLonga
Trail, October © Janet DeLonga

In this exhibit celebrating the DCR's 125th Anniversary, 14 artists present works in a variety of mediums that celebrate the DCR's 125th Anniversary. Join us on October 24 for a free Artists' Reception! On display September 8–November 28. 

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Upcoming Programs

October 20, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Nature is in its glory in New England in October! Join us for a naturalist led hike to the summit of...
October 27, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Celebrate Halloween at this family-friendly, non-scary event. People tell stories about the animals that...
October 27, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Explore the world of owls in this program for ages 6 and up. Discover some of the unique adaptations...
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Blue Hills Trailside Museum Gift Shop

Find a variety of products that help explain, identify, and celebrate the wonders of nature. Learn More

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties. Learn More