UPDATE 7/30: Here’s the story as it appeared in today’s paper.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia’s butterfly garden will soon be able to show its true colors.
Museum executive director Jim Rollings announced today that the downtown Roanoke nonprofit has received the U.S. Department of Agriculture permits to add non-native tropical butterflies to the exhibit. The museum will be able to choose from more than 150 species from all over the world.
In a statement released today, museum lead animal care specialist Derek Kellogg said it will still be two or three weeks before tropical butterflies spread their wings in the garden.
The butterfly garden has been open for business since May 18, when Center in the Square, which houses the museum, held its grand reopening after a $28 million renovation. However, without its permits, the Science Museum has been limited in what butterfly species it could stock. The museum also opened with some of its planned galleries still not completed.
Rollings said that the museum will continue to offer vouchers for free return visits with each paid admission until all its exhibitions are in place. The Science Museum also continues to charge an additional $2 admission to the butterfly garden rather than $4, and will continue to do so until the garden is deemed up to full standard, he said.