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Audubon Insectarium

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Address: 423 Canal Street, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 15045814629
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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So many interesting bugs here! We really enjoyed touring through this Insectarium. The displays were well done and so many odd looking bugs..we had no idea existed in New Orleans!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So many interesting bugs here! We really enjoyed touring through this Insectarium. The displays were well done and so many odd looking bugs..we had no idea existed in New Orleans!

Thank jackiekool
New Orleans, Louisiana
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72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went with kids 5 and 8 and they loved it! They have bugs of all sorts, from gross roaches to beautiful butterflies. In fact, don't miss the butterfly room, but it is rather warm and humid to help those buggers thrive. There's a great gift shop, but the cafeteria could use some sprucing up. You can eat bugs here though!

Thank Tangi2
Panama City, Florida
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1,035 reviews
310 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 451 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We bought the family Audubon pass and this was included with the zoo and aquarium. We were completely surprised that our kids enjoyed this location the most. Not a big place but very well thought out. The highlights for us were the multi-sensory movie and the butterfly garden. We actually went twice while in NOLA. Realize you will need to... More 

Thank Rather_Nomadic
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73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is absolutely captivating. So many things to see!!! They have many interactive exhibits. They have a tasting cafe for kids. The Butterfly museum and habitat is beautiful and you could spend all day in this area. They are very helpful in giving information. The admission price is reasonable and well worth every penny.

1 Thank cowgirl49
Tucson, Arizona
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65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm retired and visited with my retired sister. We both enjoyed it. Lots of live insects in terrariums and aquariums. Many many more displays of pinned beetles, butterflies, and moths. The hit show of the insectarium is the live butterfly and koi display. Butterflies I saw in the Costa Rican jungle were flying about. Probably some hundreds of live butterflies... More 

2 Thank STX_M3
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful indoor adventure. Great displays. Tons of fun buggie stuff to do. Don't miss the movie. Eat a few bugs. Leave plenty of time to enjoy the butterfly room. You do have to pass through metal detectors to enter the museum so make sure you don't have anything questionable in your possession.

Thank Linden L
Toronto, Canada
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43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought this would be interesting since it was across the street from our Hotel. And it wasn't bad. I am not really into insects, but I am into Butterflies. I think this would be really interesting to youngsters, (not too young). We killed some time saw some things I could have gone without seeing. This is one of those places... More 

1 Thank dpost
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lots of extra time to waste during the week and attended this establishment by myself. It was pretty expensive for what they had, but I can understand it would've cost a lot to maintain, so I can justify the expense. I went here on a rainy day so this was a nice spot to stay dry. I was... More 

Thank RBOttawa
Barrington, Rhode Island
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine an aquarium, but with bugs. That is the Insectarium. My daughter is a Bio Major in college -- she loved it. Be sure to eat some bugs in the cafeteria. The best part is the buttefly room where hundreds of butterflys are flying free around you.

Thank David C
Bermuda Dunes
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a wide variety of bugs on display. The kids loved it. My wife really enjoyed the butterfly room. The only down side is the security search to get in. It's like going through security at the airport. Pathetic.

Thank Giterdun
Annie K, Employee at Audubon Insectarium, responded to this review

Hi Giterdun, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience during your trip to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. More 

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