Blue Hills Trailside Museum

View of the pond at 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. 

Location: 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-333-0690
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday & Monday holidays, 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Outdoor Exhibits open daily, dawn to dusk

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Free Admission for Military Families

Free for Military Families

Family hiking uphill wooded trail

Families of active-duty military personnel get free admission through Labor Day. More details >

Snowy Owl Project

Snowy Owl Project

Norman Smith with a snowy owl and his grandchildren

Sanctuary Director Norman Smith has been tracking & relocating Snowy Owls from Boston Logan Airport since 1981. About the project >

Visit the Gift Shop

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Visit the Gift Shop

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

Birthday Parties

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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's next birthday with our fun, nature-themed parties! Get the Details >

Sanctuary News & Events

David Whipple © Gladstone-Whipple family

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

We’re not 100% sure what got David hooked on birds. We think it started with airplanes—an early enthusiasm. Then in kindergarten, his wonderful teacher Jeanette Reynolds did a unit on birds. Each kid had to make a bird out of paper—David’s was a Cedar Waxwing.

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Upcoming Programs

July 6, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Fireflies and lazy summer nights just seem to go together. Celebrate the start of summer with us as we enjoy a little ice crea... Learn More >
July 20, 2019 (Saturday) 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Night can transform the ordinary into something magical. Explore the night-time woods at the base of Great Blue Hill and disco... Learn More >
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