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Cockrell Butterfly Center

1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX (The Museum District)
713-639-4629
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As featured in 3 days in Houston
Ranked #2 of 48 activities in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful... more » Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors. « less
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Israel, Jerusalem
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205 reviews 205 reviews
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

the butterfly center is a nice green rainforest feeling in the middle of the natural history museum. there are a lot of butterflies flying around obviously and the surrounding is nice but nothing special. have seen similar in many natural science museums and zoos. the exhibition was also interesting but nothing unique. a fun Saturday morning and that's it.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

FernGully was released when I was six years old, and I loved that magical animated movie about fairies who lived in the rainforest. Memories of that movie were brought to mind yesterday as I strolled through Houston’s Cockrell Butterfly Center. Sure, butterflies are not fairies. But visiting the 3-story glass structure and 50-foot waterfall with fluttering butterflies all around is... More

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Dexter, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very interesting place to enjoy "natural" beauty. The Cockrell Butterfly Center is located in the same building as the Natural Science Museum, although when you purchase a ticket, you are only purchasing a ticket to the butterfly center, not the museum, and vice versa. There is a plethora of information available on bugs, butterflies, moths, ants, and every in between!... More

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Montreal
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I liked the entrance of the butterfly exhibit where you can learn a lot of facts about bugs. It was definitely interactive enough for kids and adults too. Then you enter the butterfly exhibit itself: it is hot and humid but very nicely done. Butterflies everywhere.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

It's not extremely large, but it's adjacent (and attached) to the main museum. For a small fee (yes even for museum members), you can see an insect exhibit (some interactive games, some "caged" in plexiglass) before heading down the spiral walkway that leads through the butterfly atrium. Once inside, the weather is humid and a bit warmer than comfortable, so... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Butterflies everywhere in this beautiful 3 story garden, flying, resting, feeding, landing on us and we even watched one laying eggs. What a beautiful, magical place. Must see and bring your camera!

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

The Butterfly and bug exhibit at the Cockrell Butterfly Center were amazing. The bug exhibit had interactive exhibits for young and old which were fun and interesting. The Rain Forest centered around a waterfall with wall to wall butterflies. Such a great time, well worth the price of admission. We only visited the butterfly center but the rest of the... More

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Lawrence, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our family had some time open before a family event and decided to spend it at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. I would have loved to see more of the museum, but time was limited so we narrowed our focus to the flutterbys (as my family calls them). We made the correct decision! The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I visited here before heading back home. The butterfly center is located at the back past the McDonald's. There are other exhibits you can see, but I didn't have time. I didn't realize this when I went, but this is a popular place for school groups, but they were well behaved and didn't distract from my experience. I was surprised... More

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atlanta, ga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

My sister recommended visiting this place and I was so glad we did! As soon as we entered the area where the butterflies live, I had one land on my hand and stayed there thru the entire experience! It seems so surreal having this beautiful area and all these lovely butterflies floating around. I took lots and lots of pictures... More

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