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EXHIBIT: SPECIAL EXHIBITS

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In SPECIAL EXHIBITS, young and old alike will learn something new and different each time they visit the Conservatory. In addition to presenting seasonal floral displays with San Francisco flair, this gallery houses changing, thematic exhibits.

CURRENT EXHIBIT
All A-Buzz
Through March 14, 2004

Visitors can get up close and personal with hundreds of live butterflies. Here, you walk amongst a wide variety of plants with brightly colored blossoms, watching (and sometimes ducking!) as butterflies flit from flower to flower sipping nectar. The butterfly release house in the middle of the gallery allows visitors to observe the slumbering creatures in their chrysalis stage. You may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these winged beauties emerges.

NEW EXHIBIT
Snapshots and Souvenirs: 125 Years of the Conservatory of Flowers
April 1 to December 2004
(Free with paid admission)

Imagine being 125 years old and still one of the most photographed beauties in the city. San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers has been the backdrop for countless wedding photos, family portraits and vacation snapshots since it was erected in 1879. From Victorian gents to hippies at a love-in, the Conservatory has seen it all, and now you can too in this special, commemorative exhibition. Highlights include photographs and memorabilia of the beloved Victorian landmark gathered from the personal collections of Bay Area residents and from the Conservatory's own archive. The exhibit also includes photos of several legendary San Franciscans, the plant collections through time and the recent restoration of the building.

The Conservatory of Flowers is also celebrating its 125th Anniversary with a series of special programs entitled "Tropical Traditions" in April 2004. See What's New for details.