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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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Central Business District
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Address: 423 Canal St, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130-2329 (Formerly Audubon Insectarium)
Phone Number: 15045814629
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

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 took our almost 4 year old and 16 month old here. Both of them enjoyed this place. My eldest son was very amused with all the insects and bugs, me and my husband too! He got... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We took our almost 4 year old and 16 month old here. Both of them enjoyed this place. My eldest son was very amused with all the insects and bugs, me and my husband too! He got scared with the butterfly garden but I love that place! There's lots to see and I believe everything can be seen within 2... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing variety of insects and reptiles, very informative as well as a lot of fun finding the well camouflaged inhabitants. The butterfly garden is wonderful with beautiful displays of butterflies, moths, and a dizzying array of beetles in every color and shape you can imagine. And for the more adventurous, they also serve free samples of various worms, larvae, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Despite having no kids with us, we decided to visit here as it sounded unusual and we weren't disappointed. They have so many different species of insects in there and it was all really interesting! The butterfly garden is beautiful - you walk through and the butterflies all just fly around you and will land on you if you sit... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a hidden fun spot for the kids a few blocks from Bourbon St. The displays are fun and attractive and very informative. The butterfly room is worth the price of admission with dozens of varied, beautiful creatures flying right in front of you.

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to several similar but this is the best because it is very educational and entertaining for everyone but mostly kids.

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great array of bugs. Takes about two hours to really go through. Geared somewhat to kids (of course) but my wife and I had a great time.

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Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is the coolest! I got to watch lots of bugs, learn about them and eat chocolate covered insects. Super engaging place, with hands on learning. I left thinking it was the best part of my trip to Nola!

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Travelers Rest, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

interesting, kids would really love it! can get through it quickly if you wish, or spend some time there. The butterfly garden is very cool!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all had a great time. 2 adults and 2 tweens, no complaints except one of our girls who is afraid of all bugs had a fit during the butterfly exhibit....a butterfly landed on her.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very interesting thing to do with children., Seeing insects walking around in their inhabitant was extremely interesting and the butterfly area was wonderful, unless your small child is afraid of them, The do fly around you and land on you at times but to me they looked like little fairies fluttering around.

Thank Carol D

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