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Welcome! The Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory is a 3,000 sq. ft. indoor tropical garden located in historic Oneonta, NY. We exhibit various species of tropical birds and reptiles year-round, and butterflies* during the warmer months of spring, summer and fall.

Our aim is to introduce our visitors both to the wonderment and to the spectacular biodiversity of the natural world. Our exhibit includes invertebrates, fish, reptiles, and various species of beautiful tropical birds among others. It is a fantastic family activity and learning experience for all ages!

*Butterflies are not exhibited year-round. The best time to see butterflies is during the summer on warm sunny days.

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There will be a live stream charity video game tournament held at SERENITY HOBBIES located at 252 Main Street in Oneonta. This will be a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament!! It starts at 6pm on Saturday, April 28. You can also join online. Fee to join is a donation of any amount you choose to our gofundme campaign which is here:

Any donation at all will get you into the game!! It is also okay to pay in person at SERENITY Hobbies!
Thanks to SERENITY HOBBIES and also to Jessie for arranging this and thinking of the Butterfly Conservatory as a worthy cause. GOOD LUCK!

New! Order your copy of A Beginner's Guide to Gardening for Animals and learn how to create a butterfly garden and wildlife habitat in your own backyard!

Visit The Butterfly Shoppe - our online gift store!


Please DONATE TO OUR CAMPAIGN to help get us through the winter!! Even a $5.00 donation will be appreciated! Thank you very much.

 ~In loving memory of Patricia S. Ryan~

August 24, 1954 - August 26, 2015
Patricia Ryan, loving sister, mother, aunt and friend. Patty has been working with the Butterfly Conservatory since the very beginning, and played an integral role in its establishment. Patty was instrumental in helping to keep the Butterfly Conservatory open during difficult times. She will always be in our hearts and will be forever missed.

*******Recent Happenings*******

Artist and carpenter extraordinaire, Robin Jorgensen, built this crooked house for the little visitors to the Popp Butterfly Conservatory. Thank you, Robin!!

As always, a very special thanks to those who donated to our Go Fund Me campaign. Your support is SO appreciated. THANK YOU!!!

Please note:
Mammals will not be displayed at this time.


                Scout Patches are available!

Insect, reptile and amphibian study: Merit badge exploration and scavenger hunt. Download the form here!

  Ages 12 and up                                       $14.00+tax
Ages 11 and under                                $10.00+tax
Ages 65 and up                                      $10.o0+tax
College Students with current ID     $10.00+tax
Infants 18mo. and under                              Free

No outside food or drinks permitted
No flash photography, and no video photography
Please leave strollers outside
Thank you!

Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Prices are subject to change without notice.

Current Hours: 



Last ticket of the day sold 30 min prior to close.


*Please note: To ensure the health and well-being of our animals, not every animal is on display at all times.


See above.


Contact Us
J. L. Popp, Jr.  Butterfly Conservatory
PO Box 973
5802 State Hwy 7
Oneonta, NY 13820

(607) 435-2238

Hours of Operation

Fall/Winter 2017/2018 hours
  See above

Summer 2017:
See above



Located at 5802 State Hwy 7 Oneonta, NY 13820.

From Interstate 88:Take Exit 16 (Emmons and Davenport Exit). Go North 1/4 mile to State Hwy 7, go east on State Hwy 7 for 3/4 mile to entrance on the right. From Cooperstown: Go South 17 miles on State Hwy 28. Turn right (West) to State Hwy 7. Go West 2 miles on State Hwy 7 to entrance on the left. From Cooperstown Dreams Park: 14 miles, travel as Cooperstown directions above. From Downtown Oneonta: Take State Hwy 7 East 3 1/2 miles to entrance on the right.

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