PacSci Perspectives


More than one way to “see” the Tropical Butterfly House

by | Sep 1, 2018

The Tropical Butterfly House has been a staple of the Science Center and a guest-favorite for nearly 20 years. Guests get to experience warm, tropical climates all year long while watching hundreds of butterflies from around the world flutter about the numerous tropical plants that we house. But how do we make the sensory experience of the Tropical Butterfly House more accessible to those who are low vision or no vision? By utilizing spoken word and the many tactile features that the Tropical Butterfly House has to offer through braille guides and audio guides.

Because the Tropical Butterfly House is one of our most popular places to visit, our exhibits team wanted to find ways to ensure that every guest is able to experience the awe and wonder that the Tropical Butterfly House brings. The idea to create braille and audio guides developed last summer, and through a generous grant from Safeco Insurance and the help of one of our Guest Services volunteers – who provided invaluable insight to the development process – we were able to bring the idea to fruition earlier this year.

Request one of our braille and audio guides at the entrance of the Tropical Butterfly House during your next visit! To hear more from our exhibits team about the braille guides, listen to this episode of our PacSci Podcast: