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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 #26 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Fee: Yes
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Type: Specialty Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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La Grange, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

This is a museum that even a 2 year old can enjoy. My 2 year old would have stayed all day in the back seat of a vintage Volkswagen Bug watching the film displayed on the screen where the windshield had been. I was fascinated watching the active stages of the cocooned caterpillar turning into a butterfly and the walk... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Though I enjoyed the tanks full of various bugs, it was really the beetle and butterfly displays towards the end that stole the show. Having seen several scientific displays in other museums in the US -- you know, the kinds with the pins and numbers -- these displays were just gorgeous and artful. Annnnnnd by the way there are some... More 

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Located near the river end of Canal Street and close to the Aquarium of the Americas. Really enjoyed our visit to see a lot of bugs up close and personal. A walk through Butterfly Garden in a Japanese setting is included. If you have kids, take them along. If not, just take yourselves and enjoy. Be sure to get there... More 

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Ft Madison Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Okay to be honest we had company and so we bought the Audubon package, that included the zoo & botanical gardens, the aquarium, Imax and insectarium, we had used all the others, and I we were not really interested in seeing the insects, the others went and told us what a great time they had. So after they had left... More 

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Dallas, Texas, USA
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

An interesting stop for the whole family. Very well put together with a little history behind the yellow fever outbreaks in NOLA, live insects of every kind in insectariums, more info than you can imagine on buds and finally an atrium with lots of live butterflies where you can walk among them. Careful if you have little ones since they... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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97 reviews 97 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Did you know that anyone with a local ID can get into the Insectarium for $2 on Tuesdays?! You can, all day! Two of us went in the later afternoon and almost had the place to ourselves. There are a variety of bugs and spiders and such but also some cool blue crawfish and live gators (one was eating a... More 

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Russellville, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Butterfly and insectarium was a neat little visit. I liked the Beetle displays the best. I didn't realize that beetles come in so many different vivid colors and shapes. The museum took thousands of dried beetles and created art work out of them. Cool museum!

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Foxworth, Mississippi
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163 reviews 163 reviews
62 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is one of the best places to visit in downtown New Orleans. It can offer at least an hour or so of fun and interesting facts about insects. Kids will love it and so will the adults chaperoning!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

After seeing the Olympics in China on TV a few years ago, my son wanted to eat a bug because apparently, that's what they do there. Look no farther than the Bug Buffet. Munch on Chocolate Chirp Cookies made with crickets. There are a few other bugs to eat and a lot of information to learn from the cook. The... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

What a great place to visit with or without kids, We are 2 mature couples. we went it was cold and wet outside. The insect eating kitchen looked cool but I was not interested in eating any bugs on purpose. Although others did. There are some great exhibits and I think I would have enjoyed taking our grandson here. I... More 

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