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Welcome! The Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory is a 3,000 sq. ft. indoor tropical garden located in historic Oneonta, NY. We exhibit various species of tropical birds and reptiles year-round, and butterflies* during the warmer months of spring, summer and fall.

Our aim is to introduce our visitors both to the wonderment and to the spectacular biodiversity of the natural world. Our exhibit includes invertebrates, fish, reptiles, and various species of beautiful tropical birds among others. It is a fantastic family activity and learning experience for all ages!

*Butterflies are not exhibited year-round. The best time to see butterflies is during the summer on warm sunny days.

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New! Order your copy of A Beginner's Guide to Gardening for Animals and learn how to create a butterfly garden and wildlife habitat in your own backyard!

Visit The Butterfly Shoppe - our online gift store!


Please DONATE TO OUR CAMPAIGN to help get us through the winter!! Even a $5.00 donation will be appreciated! Thank you very much.

Please note: we will be CLOSED Thursday, March 8, 2018. We will re-open as usual on Friday, March 9th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 ~In loving memory of Patricia S. Ryan~
August 24, 1954 - August 26, 2015

Patricia Ryan, loving sister, mother, aunt and friend. Patty has been working with the Butterfly Conservatory since the very beginning, and played an integral role in its establishment. Patty was instrumental in helping to keep the Butterfly Conservatory open during difficult times. She will always be in our hearts and will be forever missed.

*******Recent Happenings*******

Artist and carpenter extraordinaire, Robin Jorgensen, built this crooked house for the little visitors to the Popp Butterfly Conservatory. Thank you, Robin!!

As always, a very special thanks to those who donated to our Go Fund Me campaign. Your support is SO appreciated. THANK YOU!!!

Please note:
Mammals will not be displayed at this time.


                Scout Patches are available!

Insect, reptile and amphibian study: Merit badge exploration and scavenger hunt. Download the form here!

  Adults                                                   $12.00+tax
Children (11 & under)                        $9.50+tax
Seniors (65 & up)                                $9.50+tax
College Students with current ID    $9.50+tax
Infants (18mo. & under)                           Free

No outside food or drinks permitted
No flash photography, and no video photography
Please leave strollers outside
Thank you!

Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Prices are subject to change without notice.

Current Hours:

10 - 4pm Wednesday - Sunday
*We will be closed Thursday, Nov 30th (reopening Friday, Dec. 1st at 10am)*
Last ticket of the day sold at 3:30pm

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

We will be CLOSED Thursday, March 8. We will re-open as usual on Friday, March 9th. We apologize for any inconvenience.


*Please note: To ensure the health and well-being of our animals, not every animal is on display at all times.

Adults (12-64) $12.00
Seniors (65 and up) $9.50
Children (11 and under) $9.50
College Students (with ID only) $9.50
Infants (18 mo. and under) Free

Groups of 10 - 24 people: 10% off
Groups of 25 or more: 15% off
Special rates for educational groups available.
 Military Personnel: 10%off
Please note: strollers are not permitted in the exhibit.

Contact Us
J. L. Popp, Jr.  Butterfly Conservatory
PO Box 973
5802 State Hwy 7
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 435-2238

Hours of Operation

Fall/Winter 2017/2018 hours
  See above

Summer 2017:
See above



Located at 5802 State Hwy 7 Oneonta, NY 13820.

From Interstate 88:Take Exit 16 (Emmons and Davenport Exit). Go North 1/4 mile to State Hwy 7, go east on State Hwy 7 for 3/4 mile to entrance on the right. From Cooperstown: Go South 17 miles on State Hwy 28. Turn right (West) to State Hwy 7. Go West 2 miles on State Hwy 7 to entrance on the left. From Cooperstown Dreams Park: 14 miles, travel as Cooperstown directions above. From Downtown Oneonta: Take State Hwy 7 East 3 1/2 miles to entrance on the right.

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