Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®

A visit to The Strong museum is not complete without a stop in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®, the only year-round indoor butterfly garden in upstate New York.

Enter the lush rain-forest environment and walk among hundreds of brilliantly colored, free-flying tropical and native butterflies that flutter about—and may even land on you! Be sure to visit the chrysalis case and see emerging butterflies.

A paved path leads guests through tropical foliage, a turtle pond, and a cascading waterfall. Take a peek at Watson, the garden’s resident panther chameleon, and watch his colorful scales change color as he adapts to the environment. Look closely and you will also notice several four-footed and fine-feathered friends, including Socrates, the garden's brightly plumaged green aracari toucan, and families of Button Quail.

The butterfly population is funded in perpetuity through the generous support of Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen. The plants in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden were made possible by Allyn’s Creek Garden Club.

General Museum Admission with Butterfly Garden

Age 2 and older: $23
Under age 2: free
Members: $4

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. No re-entry.

Due to limited capacity, entry to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is by ticket only. Museum hosts welcome ticket holders into the garden on regular intervals.


Please note: The butterfly garden will open at 1 p.m. on September 20, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28, 30, and October 1. Closed September 22 and 29.

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden is a tropical environment with temperature, humidity, and surface moisture normally associated with such a setting.

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Last entry is 4:15 p.m.