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Butterflies Up-Close



Exhibition Dates:

Open from 30 Apr 2016


Hall D, Science Centre


Typical time required:

45 - 60 minutes

Target Audience:

3 years old and above

Admission Charges apply (in addition to  Science Centre admission rates).


Butterflies Up-Close invites you to experience the fascinating transformation of a butterfly from an egg to a beautiful winged adult. With only around 1 in 20 eggs making it to adulthood, the butterfly is met with numerous dangers and threats during each stage of its life cycle. You will get to gain a deeper insight on how the butterfly behaves, interacts with the surroundings, and survives each stage of its life cycle to reach adulthood.


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Caterpillar Race

Legs first, head first, or abdomen first? Get to ‘race’ with your friend or family in this interactive game as you find out more on how the soft-bodied and flexible caterpillar moves! 



Magnified Butterfly

In the adult stage, what are the roles of a butterfly’s spiky leg and scaly wings? Located within our research pod, get to observe and get a truly up-close view of real butterflies under a microscope!

Tilt-tilating Butterfly

Try out for yourself and see how a butterfly ‘shimmers’ as you alter the angle of light that is shining on it. Some butterflies express a phenomenon called iridescence. How can this help in its survival out in the wild?



Live Butterfly Enclosure

Step into Singapore’s first and only indoor butterfly enclosure, where both humidity and temperature are carefully regulated to ensure that both plants and butterflies, sharing a close-knitted relationship, do well. Over here, you will get to come face-to-face with butterflies from Singapore and around the region. Marvel at the majestic Rice Paper butterfly as it flutter fashionably past you, witness the butterflies sipping their meals, and observe at close range and try to tell the various birdwing butterflies apart from each other.

*The number of butterflies and species vary depending on the season.

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Guided Tour

There will be a free guided tour at Butterflies Up-Close (Hall D) at 2.30pm. Please note that admission charges to Butterflies Up-Close apply.

To join the tour, please assemble after the Butterflies-Up-Close turnstile at 2.25pm.


Celebrate Your Birthday With Us

Celebrate your birthday in Singapore’s first indoor Butterfly Sanctuary.

Click here to find out more about our Fairy Wings and Forest Fun Birthday Packages!






Word Scramble

Unscramble the words in this online game as quickly as you can! 




Click on the image for instructions to make a butterfly origami.

Share your butterfly origami on Instagram and tag us at #ButterfliesUpClose




Click here to find out more.

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