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Cockrell Butterfly Center

1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX (The Museum District)
713-639-4629
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Ranked #6 of 111 Activities in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
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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 butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We brought our two kids on a Saturday morning, but that was an awesome experience for everyone! Be sure to book your tickets before as sometimes it gets busy with school-groups. Not the unique museum like this, but deserves a visit.

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My family and I go to the butterfly center at least once a year. This visit was remarkable because there seemed to be more butterflies than ever, and they were very active, flying all over the place. Really a great visit. Check online for coupons.

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Israel, Jerusalem
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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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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36 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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