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 to both the wonderment and spectacular biodiversity of the natural world and 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!
We are a bird exhibit during the winter. Butterflies will be back in the spring!
The Butterfly Conservatory provides a fascinating multigenerational experience for the community. However, we have been closed this past winter due to problems stemming from weather and water damage. We have worked hard to repair the damage and are now requesting your help to restore the exhibit and number of butterflies. A donation of any amount will move us toward our goal. Together we can make this happen! Please support the Butterfly Campaign!!
UPDATE: Friends!!! We so encouraged by the matching gift a fan has offered us!! Mary Shedd has offered a matching gift of $500 after we receive the next $500 in donations. That would push us all the way up to $3150!! We can only do this with your help!! Please make a donation so that we can take advantage of this generous offer!! The sooner we reach our goal, the sooner we will re-open!! Thousands upon thousands of visitors have passed through the Popp Conservatory over the last eight years. Please help us to remain a part of Oneonta and upstate New York.
A very big Thank You to all who have already contributed. We are doing our best to open soon!
NEW - Scout Patches are available!
Insect, reptile and amphibian study: Merit badge exploration and scavenger hunt. Download the form here!
(Effective May 1, 2011)
Children (11 & under) $9.50+tax
Seniors (65 & up) $9.50+tax
College Students with current ID $9.50+tax
Infants (18mo. & under) Free
No outside food or drinks permitted
No flash photography, and no video photography
Please leave strollers outside
Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Prices are subject to change without notice.
(beginning April 18, 2015)
Closed until further notice. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Help us re-open:
Last admission of the day sold at 3:30pm
Baseball Families - Weekly Lodging Available
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*Please note: To ensure the health and well-being of our animals, not every animal is on display at all times.
Adults (12-64) $12.00
Seniors (65 and up) $9.50
Children (11 and under) $9.50
College Students (with ID only) $9.50
Infants (18 mo. and under) Free
Groups of 10 - 24 people: 10% off
Groups of 25 or more: 15% off
Special rates for educational groups available.
Military Personnel: 10%off
Please note: strollers are not permitted in the exhibit.
J. L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory
PO Box 973
5802 State Hwy 7
Oneonta, NY 13820
Hours of Operation
Winter/spring 2015 hours
Last admission sold 30 min prior to closing
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.