Behind the Scenes with Smithsonian Butterflies
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. sharp
Special event for members and their guests only! (Limited to 20 people)
National Museum of Natural History
10th and Constitution Avenue, NW
Arrive at the Constitution Avenue entrance to the Museum of Natural History at 9:00 a.m. We will be escorted from there to the butterfly pavilion for a private viewing of the live butterflies and the exhibition, Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution.
Around 10:00 a.m., we will move to the behind-the-scenes butterfly research collection. Smithsonian scientists will spend 45-90 minutes (depending upon interest and questions) explaining how and why the Smithsonian keeps and uses the collection.
Because we will be allowed into the Museum before the general public, and because of limited space, attendance will be limited to 20 current members of the Washington Area Butterfly Club, and the Museum must know in advance who will attend.
If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Rob Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, January 22.
If you need to renew your dues, please send a check for $10 to
Washington Area Butterfly Club, c/o Mona Miller, 13123 Lazy Glen Ct., Herndon, VA 20171
While it will probably be cold on Constitution Ave., the inside of the butterfly pavilion is a humid 80 degrees, so dress accordingly.
Metro: The National Museum of Natural History is near both the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stops on the Orange and Blue lines. [Tom Stock also notes that MNH is easily accessible from the Red Line at Metro Center: To reach the Natural History Bldg from Red Line, use 11th St. Exit at Metro Center (the old Woodies exit), proceed south to Pennsylvania Avenue, east one block to 10th St., Constitution Avenue entrance to museum is straight ahead.]