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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)
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+1 504-581-4629
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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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Great for kids and adults

We got the package deal with the zoo, aquarium and insectarium. Wow, the insectarium was so much fun!! I wasn't excited about going at first, but we have two bug-loving boys (ages... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Rochester Hils, Michigan
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Rochester Hils, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We got the package deal with the zoo, aquarium and insectarium. Wow, the insectarium was so much fun!! I wasn't excited about going at first, but we have two bug-loving boys (ages 2 and 4) so had to go. All FOUR of us LOVED it. I am afraid of insects, but just loved the displays and learned a lot. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My hubby is an insect/spider enthusiast, so we had to visit here. I in fact enjoyed the museum a lot. I am very appreciative of displays of local insects, including roaches ;) I kinda wish their local health department can collaborate with the insectarium on public education about mosquito borne diseases since they have a special section about yellow fever.... More 

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Claremont, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent a few hours here and could have stayed longer. In my opinion, the butterfly part was less interesting than the rest. It appeared that the insects were all being well-cared for, but some of the plexiglass on the enclosures seemed dingy, maybe in need of replacement.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The highlight of my visit was walking through the Asian Butterfly Garden. I was amazing for the butterflies to float calmly right around you. The steamy coy fish pond was a nice touch. I found the live and dried bugs absolutely fascinating. It wasn't as spacious as I had hope. I wanted to see more butterflies. However since this is... More 

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Poplarville, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We are members of the Audubon Institute so this was our second time going. Its took us about 1 hour to go through it. My favorite exhibit was touching the huge centipede and the butterfly room. We will probably wait a few years to return.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love insects of all kinds. This is probably the BEST house of insects that I have ever been in. I was the equivalent of a child in this place (I'm in my mid 40s)...they really put a lot of effort into this Insectarium and Garden and it's truly awe inspiring. A great experience for you (and your children).

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an interesting way to spend an hour or two. The butterfly exhibit is peaceful and beautiful. There were several other insects I have never seen.....a black widow spider is definitely something I have never seen. Kids will absolutely love this place, some of the exhibits were very hands on. We were able to touch a hissing cockroach and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyable exhibits.Very informative.Even have a bug cafe where you can tastes various insect delicacies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had so much rain when we were NOLA and had to change our itinerary to placate the weather. Right across the street from the Sheraton we found this great place to explore. We enjoyed the displays, a chance to eat bugs and the exhibits were fun, entertaining and interesting. A great place for your group to break apart and... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not sure how to rate the Insectarium. I liked it the first time I went. We were two adults, an 8 year old and a 1.5 year old. For us, not being members of the Audubon Institute, the entrance fee was $59. Quite pricey to look at a bunch of bugs, but we did it anyway. At the... More 

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