A Short History of the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium
The Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium was founded in 2009 by a group of passionate bug enthusiasts eager to bring a butterfly house to Missoula. After completing a very positive business feasibility analysis with Kallima Consultants, founders of the Butterfly Pavilion near Denver, CO and recognized leaders in the industry, MBHI officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 in early 2011. During the first few years, MBHI brought live “bug ambassadors” to community events and festivals to introduce their vision and to educate the Missoula community about arthropods; conducted insect education programs in schools and for other organized groups (scouts, 4-H, etc.); and began building the support that would be necessary to move their vision forward. After going through a strategic planning process in 2013, MBHI decided to open the first tangible step towards a butterfly house, an Insectarium in downtown Missoula.
On June 25, 2015 the Missoula Insectarium opened at its current location, 218 E. Front St., Suite 200. With an exhibit area showcasing live arthropods that can be found throughout the world (as well as right here in Montana), an animal encounter cart, and programs geared to all ages, the Missoula Insectarium fosters a curiosity for and awareness of “The Little Things That Run the World.”
Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of the Missoula community and beyond, in their first year, the Missoula Insectarium hosted over 100 field trips, packed their classroom for lectures featuring the latest research on a variety of incredible species, and welcomed nearly 15,000 visitors through their doors.
The Missoula Insectarium inspires an appreciation and understanding of insects and their relatives through educational programs and innovative science exhibits featuring live invertebrates
The Missoula Insectarium is run by a dedicated team of individuals that are passionate about the mission of the organization.
There is never a dull moment here at the Insectarium and both our Bug Ambassadors and our guests can be quite photogenic!
The Insectarium has been featured in many articles and on many news programs over the years.