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Audubon Insectarium

Address: 423 Canal Street, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)
Phone Number: (504) 581-4629
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Ranked #40 of 456 things to do in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Was on extended weekend trip to NO and had a few hours before our flight so decided to try the insectarium. First note this is a government building so you need to pass thru security check.. Once inside you feel like your at a court house as this is an old unattractive place. Basically it's one floor and you circle... More 

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Covington, Louisiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyable for all ages. If you have the time make sure to do the theatre towards the end, fun for all ages. Only semi-disapointing is the butterfly exhibit. While still nice its not quite as packed with butterflies as the old exhibit that used to be in the zoo.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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116 reviews 116 reviews
64 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I have 2 little boys. Need I say more? This is without a doubt one of the best places to visit. it's not a huge place you can easily do it all in 1-2 hours. But it's so informational, educational and hands on. But the best part - and a CAN NOT MISS THING - the Bug Buffet. You literally... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lots of live bugs and butterflies. Excellent displays with info on the insects. Worth the money to see. They have a free flying room for butterflies. Hint: wear a bright top and you will have them landing on you. Cute little movie about insects also

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Insectarium was a lovely change from eating, shopping, and touring plantations. The exhibits were varied and well presented. There were interactive exhibits for children (which also appealed to my husband and me). Educational and entertaining. The variety of insects on view was amazing and, in its own way, beautiful. We especially loved the butterfly garden. Tip: When you go,... More 

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54 reviews 54 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We only decided to go to the museum because it was too hot to be outside, and we were pleasantly surprised. The museum has great interactive exhibits for kids and an extensive collection of insects. Many of the exhibits have a lot of information on the insects. There even is a kitchen where they had meal worm cookies to sample!

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Colorado Springs
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The Audubon Insectarium, off Canal Street just west of the French Quarter, is an interesting place, even if you're not too fond of bugs. The exhibits are educational and the staff members were glad to discuss them. The highlight for us was the butterfly room where you walk among them alongside a beautiful koi pond. The whole museum is great... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

An absolute treat! Interesting exhibits, great staff and a fine snack in the Bug Café with cinnamon and taco flavored worms and chocolate chip cookies with crickets. My spouse expected a short, cursory visit and stayed 2 hours and found it to be one of the highlights of New Orleans.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

There are lots of interesting insects on display, there are education stages about termites and the local indigenous wildlife as well as the imported pests such as termites and fire ants. The animatronic underground section is quite dated but will amuse the very young. The "award ceremony" in the theatre is however very well done. The highlight of the visit... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I'm not a fan of insects, but this place made them interesting. I think I'd have a better "fondness" for them, however, if they had a person to explain a lot more about them. Just reading little cards outside glass tanks didn't do it for me. I did sample a cookie with toasted bugs on it. It's geared toward kids,... More 

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