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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 115 Activities in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
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...
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Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

While living in Houston we visited the Butterfly house regularly. Great for kids and adults. If you are lucky the butterflies will land on you. The bees behind the glass windows entering and exiting are great too and the discovery area is educational and fun. Loved the exhibits of stick insects, spiders, bugs etc...very nice attraction in a great city.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Yes. That's how it felt walking around with so many butterflies flitting around you. Few even landed on my fingers and stayed there for quite a long while. First time in my life did I see a butterfly emerging from a pupa. It was an amazing experience.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a beautiful environment so lush with flora and fauna. Lovely flowers surround you and butterflies hover over you. Be prepared to have them land on you. Early in the morning if the sun is not shining yet, the butterflies will be scarce, but when the sun comes out they're all over the place. At the very bottom, near the... More 

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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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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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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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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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