Follow the Monarchs is a traveling art installation in Oklahoma City.
Follow me! Follow the Monarchs is a traveling art installation in Oklahoma City. © TNC

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Follow the Monarchs to Science Museum OK


Join us to welcome one thousand paper monarch butterflies to Science Museum Oklahoma!

Adorned with kids’ drawings and messages, these butterflies are migrating to SMO to spend the winter roosting in the museum’s GadgetTrees exhibit. Collectively, these butterflies make up a traveling art exhibit called “Follow the Monarchs” coordinated by The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma (TNC) and local artist Christie Hackler.

The public is invited to visit and welcome the monarchs to their winter home at SMO during a grand opening from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. The event will include the debut of the monarch installation as well as activities like making seed bombs with SMO gardens staff, butterfly identification with TNC and butterfly lifecycle crafts with the Oklahoma Gardeners Association. All activities are included with general admission.


GRAND OPENING: 10 am - 2 pm, November 3
10 a.m. - Grand opening of art exhibit
10:30 a.m. - Storytime Science: “Gotta Go! Gotta Go!” by Sam Swope
11 a.m. - Seed bombs, butterfly identification, and butterfly lifecycle Crafts

EXHIBIT: November 3 - January 31, 2019
Mon-Fri - 9am-5pm
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Sunday - 11am-6pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Just as real life monarchs spend the winter in the warm tropical forests of Mexico, these paper monarchs will stay warm indoors at SMO until Jan. 31, 2019. “Follow the Monarchs” will then migrate to other locations throughout Oklahoma City to mimic the real life monarch migration as they migrate north to Canada in the spring and then back south to Mexico in the fall.

TNC is a member of the Oklahoma Monarchs and Pollinators Collaborative (OMPC), which launched the Okies for Monarchs campaign earlier this year. For more information about the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative and the Okies for Monarchs campaign, visit

For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma’s gardens and grounds, visit