The Butterfly People

Established in 1970, the Butterfly People is one of the more unique art concepts in Puerto Rico. Located in Old San Juan, the Butterfly People invites guests in to view a collection of artwork prepared using the remains of butterflies. In fact, this gallery houses the largest butterfly collection in the world.

In full accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Butterfly People creates boxed artwork from the preserved remains of butterflies from around the world who have lived a full life cycle and died naturally. The butterflies are then shipped to the Butterfly People and encased in an acrylic/lcite solution that preserves their natural beauty and allows them to "live" on. Butterfly art is a popular choice for gifts.

Getting There

The Butterfly People is situated near the center of Old San Juan.

What's Nearby

In case you don't find the item you are searching for while browsing Butterfly People, you could check out some additional specialty stores that are in this same general vicinity, like Scuba Dogs San Juan, and Galería Éxodo. Skim through the table below to get a feel for a wider range of shopping venues within reach of this one.

Other Shopping Nearby
Name Type Distance Direction
Scuba Dogs San Juan Dive Shop 1.6 mi. East
Galería Éxodo Art Gallery 0.1 mi. West-Northwest
El Galpon Gift and Souvenir Shops 0.2 mi. West-Northwest
Spicy Caribbee Gift and Souvenir Shops 0.2 mi. West-Northwest
Mi Pequeno San Juan Gift and Souvenir Shops 0.2 mi. Northwest

Other than shopping, you'll find various local landmarks you might visit while you are in Old San Juan. If visiting a historical site sounds interesting, plan on spending some time at Casa Ramon Power y Giralt. Or, if you'd rather visit a art museum, then you may want to consider El Arsenal De La Marina: Gallery. You'll also be able to find some other fun activities and places where you can enjoy a meal within a short distance.


The gallery is open everyday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Location: 152 Fortaleza, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Phone: (787) 723-2432

Secondary Phone: (787) 723-2201




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