New Hours and Programs at the MNHM

The Marion Natural History Museum will be offering programs for adults and seniors starting in 2020! The museum will be open Wednesday mornings starting in 2020. Check our website and Facebook page for upcoming programs. Additionally, the museum’s virtual reality set is available during this time by appointment. 

            The museum is handicap accessible and has new more comfortable chairs for our programs courtesy of the Island Foundation. Program participants should contact us in advance so we know how many chairs to set up. The museum phone number is 508-748-2098 and our email is 

            The museum will not be charging for these programs, however donations are always appreciated. The museum is located at 8 Spring Street, on the second floor of the building we share with the Elizabeth Taber Library.

            Our first program of 2020 will be February 26 at 10:30 am. The “Butterfly Man”, Yarmouth resident Joe Dwelly, will be visiting the Marion Natural History Museum to share what he knows about our local species. Mr. Dwelly will give advice about where they can be found and how community members can attract them to their own backyards. Not only will he teach attendees about particular habitat and migration patterns, but Dwelly will also profile plant and butterfly “pairings,” which can run the gamut. And for the southeastern Massachusetts area, he will highlight a handful of his favorites, including Monarchs and milkweed; the Spicebush Swallowtail and sassafras; and the Mourning Cloak and hackberry. “We are limited up north because of our particular climate,” Dwelly says. “But by becoming familiar with the exceptional grasslands and plant habitats, we can support a diverse range of unique butterflies.”

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