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Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Address: 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX
Phone Number: 713-639-4629
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly...

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.

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A fabulous natural habitats to beautiful creatures

Attached to the Museum of Natural History, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is an amazing place. Built specifically as a natural habitat, it serves as the home of dozens of live... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Attached to the Museum of Natural History, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is an amazing place. Built specifically as a natural habitat, it serves as the home of dozens of live butterflies, one more beautiful than the others. In addition, the Center offers a huge collection of preserved arthropods, including a number of rare (and weird!) insects. The Butterfly Center is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The first part of the exhibit is extremely fun and educational, play with the beetle on the screen, it is fun!! The insect collection is impressive and despite the fact I hate roaches I won't deny it was quite interesting all you can learn about them... Entering the butterfly exhibit is like a little( and I mean little...) tropical paradise... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cockrell Butterfly Center, located in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, delights both kids and older adults and all ages in-between. In addition to the beautiful and exotic butterflies that are released into the rainforest habitat each week, the very impressive insect learning center that is housed next door to the butterfly center provides a number of interactive exhibits... More 

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Thank Linda S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The butterfly center is amazing! Very hot and steamy but it's to be expected as it is like the rainforest. I would walk really slow and look at every plant and butterfly because you can end up going in and out in 5 minutes.. It's not that big so stay a while or walk in and out if the heat... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you ever imagined walking through a rainforest absolutely filled with free flying multi-colored butterflies landing on your shoulder or your hand, this is the place for you and your family! Filled with tropical flowers and plants, you will walk through winding paths with small streams and rock gardens and butterflies of every type just filling the air! Children and... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We liked the place. It is relaxing and a must visit if you are in the area. On the second floor the center has made it kids friendly. They can learn as they play. There is a collection of insects but it is limited. Spend some time looking at the cocoon. the process in itself is so beautiful. Once you... More 

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Thank Ankit G
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I'm a local houstonian and I used to come here for field trips in elementary school. I'm 26 now and this place hasn't lost any of its appeal. It's truly beautiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exceedingly relaxing! One could rush through the place in 30 minutes, instead plan on at least two to three hours to truly enjoy a calming experience. There is a “bug exhibit”, prior to entry into the butterfly arboretum, if you are into that sort of up-close-and-personal creepy-crawly display. The small artificial waterfall, butterfly varieties, an iguana named “Charro” and an... More 

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Oakland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful center, insect exhibit, and walk through a tropical setting with butterflies. The address listed on Trip Advisor is incorrect. It's located within the Science museum on Hermann Park Drive.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Houston for a doctor's appointment and decided to go to the Museum of Natural Science (Wonderful!) and Butterfly Center the same day. There are MANY beautiful butterflies (the light blue ones were my favorite in a nice tropical setting. It's a little warm inside but not bad for Houston in the summer. If you wear red there... More 

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