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Butterfly Museum to Open Saturday in Teaneck

Restaurant, event space planned at Windsor Road center.

The long-awaited insect-themed museum and entertainment center on Windsor Road will open to the public Saturday. 

The center, called World of Wings, is set to include insect exhibits and a live butterfly atrium, project representatives have said at zoning board hearings. The public will get its first chance to visit the new town attraction at 11 a.m. Saturday, according to an announcement made Tuesday. 

In addition to live exhibits of insects and birds, the facility will include a restaurant, space for holding parties, a lizard area and virtual reality games.

The new museum will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the announcement. The atrium will close at 6 p.m. 

World of Wings took over the former Givaudan property, a Swiss fragrance company. The 5.8-acre site was vacant since 2009. 

The center is located at 1775 Windsor Road. 

 

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John Santaella December 18, 2012 at 06:03 PM
This is wonderful. I wish them well.
JamesTS December 18, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Great news!! i was just wondering when they would open. I hope people support them
Diane Schwarz December 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Best of luck! Thank goodness something good is OPENING in Teaneck!
Judy Distler December 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM
All the folks at TIFF who have worked with all the folks at WOW are thrilled! We are so looking forward to this!
Teaneck_Resident December 19, 2012 at 02:11 AM
We'll be taking our daughter on Saturday to check it out. Sounds great.
David Solomon December 19, 2012 at 06:51 AM
They taste like chicken.
Allen McDaniel December 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Can't WAIT to check this place out! Hope Teaneck residents care more about Nature than they care about MOVIES. Sounds pretty cool though- good place nearby to take young'uns too!
Jacob December 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Sounds like fun for my kids. When I first heard they had a bar/lounge there, I thought it was a wings joint.
GCT December 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The spot indicating Wings World on the patch map is on the wrong place; it should be on the north side, at the end of Vesey Street. It presently points to a private residence.
PM December 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Bad experience. I went to the front desk to ask if they had access for the handicapped and none of the three people working there knew. #Fail
susan December 23, 2012 at 01:52 PM
PM Maybe the WOW can address the handicapped issue. They must.
hcourt December 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
There were ramps and elevators there. It was spacious everywhere. The atrium might be a bit cramped with a wheelchair and lots of people, but a wheelchair definitely could make it around the atrium.
Pinner Blinn December 24, 2012 at 04:02 AM
We had a great time, and there were many activities beyond the butterfly attraction. But the yearly membership options are way too expensive and the regular admission price is rather high considering that the most of the activities have additional costs. Also, there seem to be far more dead, pinned up butterflies than live ones. The atrium, which is the crowned jewel is small and cramped. In comparison, it is less than half the size of the butterfly exhibit at the bronx zoo. The staff attempted to direct people in one direction but it did not work out very well. Overall the staff seemed pretty inept, and confused. I noticed that the place is clearly for activities not to serve as an educational experience as many of the explanation placards of the live animal exhibits were confusing, and poorly written. i was also shocked that There was no information about the cost and availability of parties and events. I would assume that more revenue would be generated by events than admission. The restaurant was still non-operational which was surprising. I also would think that a place like this on Teaneck would sell kosher food as well. I hope that the owners make significant changes to the operation or I think the place will be closed in short time, which would be a real shame.
PM December 24, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Pinner Blinn --- OK, glad it wasn't me who only thought the staff was inept and confused. You would think that a place like that would have everything in order. Well, knowing Teaneck, several members of the council probably wanted to get a feather in their caps
Diane Schwarz December 27, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Let's TRY to support this place and give them suggestions to improve their operation! We don't want another place crashing, before it even starts!
Nancy N January 06, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I visited World of Wings with my family and yes, the staff seemed a little more than confused. There weren't too many food options available but my kids survived. It is not the time of year for butterflies and I was actually surprised by the number of live butterflies in the atrium and the pupae in the chrysalis area. Unless WOW is willing to pay their workers more than minimum wage I don't expect to see much improvement overall in the level of subject matter knowledge or overall customer service. I tried contacting them via email last week and never received a response. I will attempt to call them this week.
Tory January 08, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I would say give them a chance. Staff can also be trained better, and as for the Kosher food, I live in Fair Lawn and I don't expect Memorial Pool to sell Kosher Food at their concession stand. That is incredibly expensive to have on had. Perhaps they could have some small things. I am going tomorrow to check it out. I was a bit confused by the pricing, but you can't compare it directly to places like the Bronx Zoo since many many people in Bergen County won't drive there nor to anywhere outside of their immediate neighborhood. Before criticizing it though I will give them a chance and see how it goes.
zizi January 08, 2013 at 02:56 PM
All: Please be gentle with this startup. Let us all give them a chance to improve......
Patch ji January 11, 2013 at 03:35 AM
The staff does seem confused, the populace was 99 percent Korean, the gift shops are gaudy, especially the one that functions like a trap prior to entering the children's play area, the young children's play area needs more stimulating toys and less of merely ambience. There isn't even a place for an adult to sit. The slide in the young children's section is incredibly slippery, there shouldn't be the semblance of a museum when it is a business enterprise. The dead butterflies with labels as well as several other "museum" type explanations are insulting. Decide to be one or the other, but if you're going to be a museum, then have the knowledge and the know how available. Families and children want to learn. Don't bring them in, make it look like they're learning and trap them with entertainment. More educational opportunities and less kitchen gadgets. This place looks like it used the cheapest of materials and toys to occupy the folks that were fooled enough to go inside.
Patch ji January 11, 2013 at 03:39 AM
The staff does seem confused, the populace was 99 percent Korean, the young children's play area needs more stimulating toys and less of merely ambience and lights/rooms. There isn't even a place for an adult to sit. The slide in the young children's section is incredibly slippery. This shouldn't have the semblance of a museum when it is a business enterprise. The dead butterflies with labels as well as several other "museum" type of explanations are insulting. Decide to be one or the other, but if you're going to be a museum, then have the knowledge and the know how available. Families and children want to learn. Don't bring them in, make it look like they're learning and trap them with entertainment. More educational opportunities and less gadgets. This place looks like it used the cheapest of materials and toys to occupy the folks that were fooled enough to go inside. the butterfly exhibit was interesting and the dossier knowledgable but the rest of the museum seemed to be winging it
PM January 22, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I never got a reply from them either...so, it's their $ loss.
gonflo January 28, 2013 at 11:29 PM
yup!! think positive.. this is just the beginning!!
PM February 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I still have not heard back from this place directly about accomodating special needs children. WELL, I guess -- no, not I guess - they are off the list as a venue to visit. $orry you lo$t your chance. No $upport.
sue geee February 06, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Not all places have Kosher food, bring your own. It's also Bergenfield people. Give the place a chance.
Chris Cafasso June 25, 2013 at 09:18 PM
I recently attended World of Wings, and after reading some previous comments I would have to assume that some upgrades have been made. I personally had a great experience and I feel this facility is a great place for Family Fun. First thing we did upon arrival was visit the Butterfly Atrium. I was able to closely observe an exotic array of butterflies and moths, the staff were very well educated and super friendly, and a few of the butterflies landed on us so we had some great photo opportunities. The reptile and amphibian exhibits were great as well, our group had a chance to meet their bearded dragon, and a russian tortoise. For younger kids they had a lot of fun attractions including a bubble room, a make believe kitchen area, and an expansive soft play area on the second floor, great for younger children to play in. Also all of the children love the BOUNCE HOUSE room, they had multiple inflatable bounce castles, and a large inflatable slide. I highly recommend this as a destination for family fun, birthdays, or field trips. World of WIngs has fun for all ages, and there is so much to see and learn, you could easily plan to spend the majority of the day there. They also allowed our small group to order lunch to the Museum, and seated us in their lovely restaurant area for eating. -Amazing Facility [Clean, Well maintained, New looking] -Friendly and Knowledgeable Staff, great variety of education and fun!

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