Museum of Life + Science Magic Wings Butterfly House

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United States of America - North Carolina - Durham

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BGCI Member: No

About the Museum of Life + Science Magic Wings Butterfly House

Magic Wings is a “total immersion” butterfly exhibit where guests will walk through a rainforest surrounded by 1000 tropical butterflies. One of the Museum’s most popular attractions, Magic Wings is a thrill for visitors of all ages with a dramatic 35 foot tall conservatory and the Bayer Insectarium. Magic Wings is among the largest butterfly houses around the world.

Main Address:
Museum of Life + Science Magic Wings Butterfly House
433 Murray Avenue
North Carolina 27704 United States of America

Telephone: (919) 220-5429
Fax: 919-220-5575
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Ulrich Hartmond
    Curator's Name: Bobbi Jo Holmes
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Satellite: No
  • Date founded: 1999
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 36.0294150
    Longitude: -78.8991510
    Annual Rainfall: 1092 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 480 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Magic Wings Butterfly House
  • Local Address:
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 400000
    Number of Volunteers: 20

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 600
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: No

Conservation Programmes

  • Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Education Programme: Yes