Tropical Butterfly House

Know Of Any Locally Grown Coffee?

No doubt about it, Seattle is a coffee town, known for its famous roasting, distribution and café scene. But here at Pacific Science Center, we actually GROW our own beans on a coffea arabica shrub in our Tropical Butterfly House. Do we have Seattle's only homegrown coffee? Please let us know if you've heard of any other coffee growing in Seattle.

Pacific Science Center's Tropical Butterfly House opened Dec. 26, 1998. Our goal in creating this 4,000 square foot exhibit was to build an immersive exhibit that would provide a glimpse into a part of the world very unlike Seattle — a warm, sunny place where colorful butterflies are active 365 days a year. Seattle skies do not provide the light necessary for tropical species to thrive. Supplemental heat, light, and humidity are provided to sustain a tropical ecosystem among the cool, grey, drizzly days of the Pacific Northwest.

We import about 500 tropical butterflies weekly, from South and Central America, Africa, and Asia. Our butterflies are responsibly raised in sustainable rainforest farms. We are proud to participate in the positive economic, cultural, and environmental impacts butterfly farming makes throughout the world.

Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for Butterfly House and Horticulture volunteers. Learn More

What To Expect/Rules

There are some things you should know before visiting us. Read on for what you can expect when you enter and what rules to follow. More


Life Sciences Blog

To keep up with all that's happening in our Tropical Butterfly House, and for some great behind the scenes stories, be sure to follow our Life Sciences Blog.


Follow On Flickr

Thousands and thousands of pictures have been taken inside our Tropical Butterfly House over the years. You can see many of them on Flickr. Take a look and add your own. More


Butterfly House FAQ

Have questions about our Tropical Butterfly House? We have answers. More


Butterfly Resources

Downloads, links and more to help you extend your visit beyond the Pacific Science Center arches. More


Butterfly House Botanicals

Sure, our fluttery specimens are what our guests come for, but what about all the gorgeous foliage? Our plants are chosen with care. More