Museum Secrets

The Strong’s Museum Secrets events are exclusive, behind-the-scenes opportunities for invited upper-level members, donors, and special guests to tour spaces seldom seen by the public.

This year’s summer programs are offered on July 14 and August 18.

Take an exclusive tour of Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden—the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York—lead by the museum’s live collections manager and chief entomologist. Enjoy a unique up-close experience with 1,000 brilliantly colored, free-flying tropical and native butterflies.

Continue this exploration of nature play in The Strong’s outdoor Discovery Garden. Learn about the preparation and care that goes into maintaining this vibrant outdoor space. Then enjoy cocktails, a playful picnic, and a butterfly release, as well as a behind-the-scenes experience with butterfly-related artifacts from The Strong's world-renowned collection.  

To enjoy the benefits of Leading, Sustaining, or Benefactor membership, contact the membership team at or 585-263-2700 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.