The Museum appreciates the many schools, organizations and individuals – of all ages – who have participated in The Butterfly Project. These frequently asked questions will help guide you as your school organization views the exhibit.

The Museum received more than 1.5 million butterflies to memorialize the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.  Butterflies were submitted from every continent except Antarctica. 

Since we have reached our goal, Holocaust Museum Houston is no longer accepting butterflies for this project. Schools and organizations may continue to teach the lesson plan and organize mini-exhibitions in their own communities.

A selection of the 1.5 million butterflies received will be on display at the Museum from July. 31, 2016 to Decembery 31, 2016. Six traveling exhibit displays will go on display at various locations around Houston beginning March 10, 2016.

A portion of the butterflies submitted will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. A committee will be formed to discuss a final home for the remainder of the butterflies. There are no fixed plans at the present time.

Butterflies submitted for this project are the property of Holocaust Museum Houston.  We are not able to return butterflies after the exhibition. Because of this issue, some sites have preferred to conduct their own project and not send the Museum their butterflies. This is more than acceptable and a wonderful way for communities to continue to teach about the Holocaust and its lessons.

Unfortunately, because of the number of butterflies received, it is not possible to discern if a particular butterfly from a specific person or school has been included.

The Butterfly Project began prior to the Museum's opening in 1996 as a class project under the direction of then-teacher and later former Holocaust Museum Houston Executive Director Susan Myers.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. 

Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit