Smithsonian Plans to Charge to See Butterflies

A plan to charge museum-goers a $5 fee to enter a portion of a Smithsonian exhibition is drawing criticism. Butterflies and Plants: Partners in Evolution will open in November at the Museum of Natural History. Visitors who pay the fee will be allowed to walk within a butterfly pavilion.

The charges would represent the first time that a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian will require an admission fee. Previously, it has charged fees only for temporary exhibits.

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