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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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Address: 423 Canal St, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130-2329 (Formerly Audubon Insectarium)
Phone Number: 15045814629
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House...

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted A top museum for you and your kids by CNN, 2009.

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We had been told to check out this place Blythe hosts at our RV park. They said the kids would love it.... Well what a great surprise it was. To be honest I was happy to go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had been told to check out this place Blythe hosts at our RV park. They said the kids would love it.... Well what a great surprise it was. To be honest I was happy to go inside thinking it would've a great place for a rest in the cool as it was a really hot day. We ended up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Many neat exhibits. Great for families. The butterfly garden is so pretty. I took a lot of pictures here!

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Houma, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took my 2 young kids here and they loved it. Great displays and information. Great butterfly room at the end where you get to walk around with hundreds of butterflies all flying around. Defiantly worth a visit if in town. Worth taking the family year pass as well as then you have admission as many times as you want in... More 

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Levis, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits were well done, and the visit was short but satisfying. The baby alligators were truly a highlight or the visit, as well as the Butterly garden.

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love looking at new and interesting things. We bought the Audubon Experience which cost $45 adult, it let you into the Zoo, Aquarium and 3D Imax including this place. Best deal for all 4 since $20 seems a bit steep for one place, yet you are feeding the creatures, keeping the hydro on, etc..so I would have had no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After buying our tickets at the Aquarium of the Americas, we found this attraction several blocks away (had to ask for directions). It needs better signage to be spotted, as it was only one block from our hotel and we never knew ! It was well worth the visit with most unusual and interesting presentations of insects and butterflies. Also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Checked this place out before grabbing a cab for the airport. Went with my 16 year old son. Was worth it. You can breeze through in an hour if you are rushed or spend longer time if you have younger kids. Butterfly room was fun to walk through but only if you don't get the heebie jeebies of them flying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Friday, and there were quite a few middle school aged kids with their checklists and question sheets, obviously a school trip. It was great to see and read about all of the different insects, though I wasn't about to put my hands into the holes for a touch experience or eat in the insect cafe --- I'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great place to visit - you will need at least 2 hours to visit all of the exhibits but well worth the time...especially the butterfly experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OH yes indeed, you won't want to miss this and it's a place you'll want to come every time. Please do go on line and look us up, too. "Seeing this is truly believing"

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