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“Very good exhibit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cockrell Butterfly Center

Cockrell Butterfly Center
1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX (The Museum District)
713-639-4629
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Ranked #6 of 114 Activities in Houston
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ranch & Farm
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Houston, Texas
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“Very good exhibit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The butterfly habitat is enclosed with glass walls, has a waterfall and is filled with tropical foliage, and multiple varieties of butterflies. The path thru the habitat has steps, and some of them were wet. There are a few small benches along the path.The habitat is warm and humid (even in February when we went). We spent almost an hour and a half in there. We could have walked thru in less time, but we were trying to get a few pictures. There is an elevator for handicapped use only, but wheelchair access must be limited to the upper and lower areas that are level, since they couldn't make it thru the stairway portions of the pathway. Quite a few of the butterflies had damaged wings and were showing signs of a good bit of wear and tear, on the day we went. We went on a weekday and it was not crowded. There was only one group of school kids there. We took a tip from another Trip Advisor reviewer to go on a sunny day to see the butterflies flitting about, that was a good tip.
Also included with admission to the center is an indoor museum area of butterfly related interests.

Visited February 2013
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“Really neat little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The butterfly exhibit was really neat. I've never seen so many beautiful butterflies in one place, and I doubt I ever will again. However, the exhibit is rather small, and only takes about 30 to 45 minutes to walk through, even if you look at all the bugs behind glass prior to the actual rain forest area. The bugs behind glass were really neat. Don't skip past that. Our young kids (3 to 6) seemed less impressed with the exhibit than we were. Overall, it was worth it.

Visited February 2013
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“Fun for old and young!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This is an awesome indoor jungle attached to the Houston Museum of natural Science. It costs extra to get in but it is worth it, espcecially if you have young children. The butterflies will land right on you and there is a wonderful waterfall. The down side is that in our Houston heat, it gets muggy and the food the butterflies eat is rotten veggitables and fruit. It stinks. Beautiful but smelly. Make sure to check out the informative multistory center inside the museum for the full experience.

Visited March 2012
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“We just LOVE this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We continue to come here during our quarterly medical trips to Houston. This place is so delightful and relaxing. We love all the different butterflies and lovely plants. Don't bypass this if you are visiting the museum!

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderdful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I spent my superbowl morning with two of my daughters at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Cockrell Butterfly Center was very nice beginning with the very well informed greeters to the very infromative interactive zones. But the star of the show is the tropical butterfly walk through.

Visited February 2013
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