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Audubon Insectarium

423 Canal Street, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)
(504) 581-4629
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Ranked #28 of 174 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Various areas of the museum include a place where you are "shrunk" to insect size, live encounters with insects, and a place where you can sample... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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97 reviews 97 reviews
48 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

After visiting so many zoos and nature museums around the nation, we found the Insectarium to be quite refreshing and unique. Although not extremely large in scale, the museum gives great information on insects and also houses a good variety of bugs, butterflies and more. This was fun 2 hour trip to learn about the varieties of insects. The butterfly... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I went there because it was on a list of museums I could go for free with membership to another museum. It was actually kind of cool. The bugs would appeal to kids, but I really enjoyed the butterfly garden, and I got some great photos. I wanted to try the cafeteria, but it was closed by the time I... More

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

There were insects of all types. It was a very interesting exhibit. Nice break from the French quarter noise & activity. The butterfly exhibit is at the end & you exit into the gift shop. You can loop back into the main gallery if you missed any exhibits. This is in a Federal building so you will go through a... More

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This place had so many bugs, more than I even knew existed! We really liked all the interactive bits dotted around the place and my boyfriend enjoyed the butterfly room, one even landed on him! It's a great place to get out the sun for a few hours although it was a little expensive for the size of the place.

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Dongducheon, South Korea
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great museum! We chose this activity on a Saturday afternoon as a reprieve from the heat and loud street and it was a great choice. Great displays, clean café for a cup of coffee or snack break, pleasant staff, and the butterfly garden was beautiful! I would recommend this activity for those with children or adults who think bugs are... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Loved the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Lots of live bugs, hands on exhibits, creative displays. Don't forget the edible bugs! The calm, serene butterfly exhibit was the highlight. Animal Planet was feeding live while I was there! Great for kids and adults alike!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a better six or seventh visit… we found it to be better and better each time! Lots of interactive exhibits and stuff for children and grown-ups is well. The atmosphere is clean cool and very inviting. A must see when you go to New Orleans! Also, we recommend buying a yearly membership which includes a visit to the... More

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We called on a Very Hot Afternoon and thought it would be a good idea to shelter from the heat and enjoy the exhibit's. We loved the Butterfly's found the Shrunk, down to the size of an insect good fun, called to sample insect eats but declined. More interesting for children.

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Marrero, Louisiana
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We spent an afternoon at The Insectarium and it was interesting and lots of fun. When entering the main hall there are lots of butterfly exhibits showing butterflies and insects from all over the world. Very interesting and educational. The children loved learning about all the colorful bugs. Then you enter the butterfly room. There are butterflies of every color... More

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Spokane, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Not very hands on except the Butterfly area. The Bug Zoo in Victoria, BC is a thousand times more cool for kids. If your kiddos really want to go get the coupon at least on neworleanscoupons.com.

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