About Us

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest live butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents. Founded in 1991 by Doug Beardsley, a local Mackinac Island resident, the butterfly house has evolved drastically over the years. The current owner, Robert Gale, and Manager, Ruth St. Onge have strived to create an educational experience to be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Upon visiting, you will be greeted warmly by staff with scientific backgrounds who will offer tidbits of information and can answer any questions that may arise.

Ruth Meet the Staff

What We Do

Our mission is to provide a family-friendly, fun, and educational experience that will last a lifetime while instilling an appreciation for nature and its preservation. 

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