The Butterfly Conservatory is open Oct. 7 through May 28, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

The Butterfly Conservatory is open Oct. 7 through May 28, 2018. Credit: Getty Images

It may be getting colder outside, but the balmy days of summer live on at the American Museum of Natural History.

 

Back for its 20th year, the Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter returns Oct. 7 through May 28, 2018. The exhibit features butterflies from all over the world, with up to 500 of them fluttering through the 1,200-square-foot vivarium at any given time.

 

Enter the lush, humid room and stroll the winding path while watching species like the majestic monarch, zebra longwing, paper kite and more flutter between blooming tropical flowers in a new video walkthrough created by the museum:

 

 

Visitors also get a peek into their life cycle with a chance to watch butterflies emerge from chrysalises in a display case, and learn why about butterflies’ vital environmental role.

“The Butterfly Conservatory is a joyful, enchanting, and educational exhibition for both children and adults, and truly transports visitors out of their everyday lives into a magical setting teeming with color and flourishing life,” says ANMH President Ellen V. Futter.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas.