In nature, there is a sensitive barometer that tells about climate change. Butterflies. Nature’s silent messengers. They are sensitive towards small changes in their living conditions - for example temperature instabilities. So, if the butterflies disappear, the message is clear: there is something wrong in nature. And there is. Many places in the world. the butterfly populations are dropping drastically. In Denmark as well. Therefore, the museum will now focus on nature’s silent messengers in a new exhibition. Here you can see some of the museum’s large collection of butterflies and immerse yourself in the butterflies’ wondrous life.
The butterfly is an ancient symbol for change. The modest caterpillar on the green leaf that evolves into a beautiful, winged creature has fascinated humans throughout centuries. Today, the butterflies are also messengers for change. The number of butterflies is dropping and species are disappearing forever. A clear sign that the basic living conditions on Earth are changing.
- Our scientific collections of butterflies go back several centuries. The collections contain vast knowledge about the distribution and living conditions of the species, which can help us understand the drastic decline in the populations. And this is the first step we must take if we wish to preserve the butterflies, says Museum Director Peter C. Kjærgaard and adds:
- The next step is to make this knowledge available to everyone. Over the summer, our new butterfly house in the Botanical Garden has given the audience the possibility to get up close to these beautiful yet fragile creatures. And now we do this again but in a different way with this beautiful and deeply fascinating exhibition. Here, the butterfly’s message about fundamental changes to living conditions on Earth can neither be overheard nor overlooked. This is something we all need to relate to.
Natural History Museum of Denmark
Øster Voldgade 5-7
DK-1350 Copenhagen K
Tuesday - sunday: 10.00 - 17.00
Week 7: every day from 10.00 - 17.00 (including monday)
Week 42: every day from 10.00 - 17.00 (including monday)
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