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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 butterfly...

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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Cool Place, Primarily for Children

In my opinion the Cockrell Butterfly Center is the coolest part of the Museum of Natural Science. The idea itself is fabulous: who wouldn't want to hang out in a room with lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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52 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to the center several times but have yet to be there when the butterfly's were actually coming out of their cocoons. The butterfly area is beautiful so I won't complain about returning so often. It is very serene unless you go when there is a school bus load of kids running and screaming.

Thank SYinPearland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In my opinion the Cockrell Butterfly Center is the coolest part of the Museum of Natural Science. The idea itself is fabulous: who wouldn't want to hang out in a room with lots of butterflys and cool plants? In actual life however it can be less interesting as you cannot force butterflys to land on you and sometimes there are... More 

Thank MikeLikesBikes
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love the butterfly center. I've been here several times and it's one of my favorite things to do in the winter. When you walk in you are immediately transported to a far away tropical rain forest. It's warm and humid, so be prepare for some bad hair, but I just love to sit on a bench and watch the... More 

1 Thank KittiQ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have seen a few butterfly exhibits in a few countries over the years. This is one of the best, maybe thee best. I liked the fact that you spiral down into it so you feel like you are up in the plants and trees with them. It is very easy to see very large and beautiful butterflies close up.... More 

1 Thank Piggy-can-fly
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just very relaxing to walk around the centre and admire the wonderful array of free flying butterflies. Information wasn't 'technical' and next visit going to take a book and just spend an hour or so there.

1 Thank WeegieQuine
Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's nice to do once. A few small scientific exhibits, large indoor atrium. You can spend as little or as much time there as it is a self-guided tour. They give you a little handout to spot various species. Nice place to take a break if you need to relax (if it's not a busy weekend or school field trip).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Butterflies everywhere and they land on your clothing every couple of minutes. It's fascinating to really study their anatomy and behaviors. What a wonderful place to visit for the whole family.

Thank Dr_C_and_E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect for any time of year and in any weather. Some say wearing bright colors attracts more of of these beauties, but you'll be surrounded either way.

Thank rosekalt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to visit if you have the opportunity. Great for all ages and really enlightening. Beyond the butterfly dome itself there are many interesting exhibits and behind the scenes info.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful! Relaxing place. Great time was had. The employees were nice. Educational for my kids & I. Will come back

Thank Thuy L

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