Hundreds of colorful exotic butterflys can be seen in free flight at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center, an 8,000 sq. ft. conservatory located at St. Louis County's Faust Park.
Visitors are greeted by a 25,000-pound Monarch sculpture as they walk across butterfly-shaped paving stones to the door of the glass-enclosed crystal palace. Inside, there are as many as 100 different species of the world's most beautiful butterflies in free flight including the iridescent Blue Morpho from Costa Rica, the Ruby Lacewing from Malaysia, and the Goldbanded Forester from Kenya.
A path winds through the interior garden that features a waterlily pond, waterfalls and lush exotic, flowering, tropical plants. The air is misted continuously to maintain a seventy-five percent humidity level. Thoughout the area, butterflies dart about feeding on the flowers and fruit. Visitors can also enjoy taking pictures of the butterflies. Staff members are available to identify the species or answer any questions.
As the butterflys only live about two weeks, chrysalides are flown in from around the world on a daily basis. Visitors can see the adult butterflies go through the magical metamorphosis and then emerge from their chrysalis.
A complimentary original film is shown in the Emerson Electric Co. Family Theater. Visitors can join the fun in the classroom area where formal and informal classes for all ages are taught. The Madame Butterfly Gift Shop features a wide variety of books, toys and education games, t-shirts, jewelry and other treasures. An outdoor Native Habitat designed to attract and nurture native and migratory butterflies.
The facility is named after Sophia M. Sachs, widow of Sam Sachs, who founded Sachs Electric Co. and was influential in the development of Chesterfield, Missouri. The Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization established in 1998 to foster a better understanding of butterflies, and increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive.
Admission to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center; $6 adults, $5.00 seniors (65+); $4 children, ages 3 - 12; children 2 and under are free. Please note: last ticket sold one half-hour before closing.
Visitors can also stroll the beautifully manicured grounds of this 200-acre Faust Park in Chesterfield and enjoy the other attractions including the St. Louis Carousel with more than 60 hand carved horses and deer; the Historical Village with authentic 19th century buildings; the Lamella Barn, an original dairy barn; the Seed Visitor Center, a Queen Anne-style carriage house; Thornhill, the estate of Frederick Bates, second Governor's residence in Missouri; and the Symphony Music School.
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is located at 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63107. For more information, call 636-530-0076. (The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is closed until further notice.)