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Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Neighborhood: The Museum District
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Address: 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX
Phone Number: 713-639-4629
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed...

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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Great butterfly habitat. Helpful for picking out plants for attracting butterflies in your own garden.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Park City, Utah

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Park City, Utah
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great butterfly habitat. Helpful for picking out plants for attracting butterflies in your own garden.

Thank lovebigcities
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's a really interesting and dynamic exhibit that you enter from the top of a glass walled cylinder and wind around about three floors to the bottom exit. The enclosure is kept warm and humid to represent the rainforest ecology. There are many many varieties of butterflies that are all over and widely visible. They'll frequently land on you -... More 

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Houston, Texas
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72 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The colors and looking for them was part of the fun. We have been to butterfly centers in Costa Rica, this one seemed more alive.

Thank Traveller_Green037
Melbourne Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Who ever thought to make such a place I am ever so glad they did. This is a must see just make sure you can handle a little "mugginess" as it is a warm walk through, but lots to see and very well worth it. Absolutely stunning.

Thank Sunny D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the butterfly center. Took family who was visiting there and it was a great place to take kids and older people. Lovely flowers and the beautiful butterflies made the trip a great outing.

Thank JAfrica
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in the Natural History Museum of Houston, this is a great respite from a busy and congested city. The price to visit is reasonable and it was easy to spend over an hour in the multi-level exhibit. Lots of butterflies with some measuring as large as the palm of your hand. I went on a sunny, fall day. If... More 

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New Jersey
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70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped to see the butterflies and this place did not disappoint. It was great. On entering the museum there was a section about bugs and other creepy crawlies. Once you get through that, the butterflies await in a humid room. There is a guide with different types of butterflies on them and we had a good time looking for... More 

Thank keobouasay
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cockerell Butterfly exhibit rescued our rainy day! We spent almost an hour walking through it. There is so much to learn about different plant species and insects if you take the time to read the descriptions.

Thank Stephanie K
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although quite small, there is plenty to see. The plants and butterflies are beautiful. I love that you have to be checked on the way out just in case a butterfly has landed on you - and they do!

Thank Jo_TDI
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a unique experience into a rain forest with live butterflies all around you. Most of them keep to the bowls with nectar, but occasionally they might land on you.

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