Walk among live butterflies in the Wish Upon a Butterfly exhibit while hundreds of butterflies flutter around. Some may even take a seat on a shoulder or rest in still laps. Best of all, these winged wonders will sit on guests’ fingers while being hand fed a special nectar solution. This experience also teaches a butterfly’s life cycles from caterpillar to adult. Explore the wonder of a caterpillar changing into a chrysalis or a butterfly emerging from one. The Flight of the Butterflies IMAX® movie is great complement to this exhibit.

Exhibit Only: $3/person + general admission
Exhibit + IMAX®: $5/person + general admission

The exhibit, opening to the public January 11 – June 1, 2014, provides an opportunity for all ages to learn about and interact with these unique insects in an enclosed area. An exhibit introduction will begin at 10 a.m. with mini hands-on demonstrations about butterfly lifecycles and flower dissection followed by an 11 a.m. preview of “Flight of the Butterflies,” in Michigan’s only IMAX® dome theatre.

“Wish Upon a Butterfly” 

Museum guests have the opportunity to interact with, and walk among, hundreds of live butterflies in the exhibit. Visitors can learn about a butterfly’s lifecycle and its different habitats, while observing caterpillars, pupa and butterflies in a greenhouse-type structure. In addition, visitors are invited to feed butterflies a special nectar solution.

“Flight of the Butterflies”

The award-winning documentary follows scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart's mission to find the monarch butterfly's secret hideaway and examines its extraordinary journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. Academy Award® winner Peter Parks designed a prototype 3D "snorkel optics" lens system to capture the stunning macro shots and for the first time ever, viewers are able to look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.

About the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center is a hands-on museum that inspires children and their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment. The Science Center features five theaters, including Michigan’s largest screen at the Chrysler IMAX® Dome Theatre; the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium; the Toyota Engineering Theater; the DTE Energy Sparks Theater; the Chrysler Science Stage; a 9,800 square-foot Traveling Science Hall for special exhibits; hands-on exhibit galleries focusing on space, life and physical science; Kids Town just for pint-size scientists; along with, education and outreach programs.

For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,


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