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Meet Madame and Monsieur Butterfly!

If you love butterflies–and who doesn’t–head thee straight to the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History this winter. Lush green vegetation and tropical temperatures inside the exhibit make the beautiful winged creatures from South, Central, and North America, Asia, and Africa feel right at home until May of next year. About 500 beauties will flutter around you when you enter the room–an experience that is truly memorable.

This exhibition has been going on for 20 years, for good reason. Not only will you see every color, size and shape imaginable, but illustrated displays throughout the exhibition will school visitors on the evolution, life cycle, anatomy, farming, and conservation of butterflies.

Here’s a fun fact to make you smarter than you were yesterday: Did you know that there are more than 250,000 known species of Lepidoptera, of which 18,000 are butterflies? (Moths make up the rest of the species.) Now you know! You’re welcome!

The American Museum of Natural History is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.; tickets start at $23. It’s a quick ride uptown to 79th on the B or C train from the hotel, so check it out!

Image via Raman Virdi/Flickr