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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: +1 504-581-4629
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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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Heard that this place was good so decided to give it a go. To be honest the main reason I went was that my girlfriend loves butterflies so we were mainly going for the butterfly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heard that this place was good so decided to give it a go. To be honest the main reason I went was that my girlfriend loves butterflies so we were mainly going for the butterfly hot house. The rest was interesting quite fun and educational esp for children I would imagine. The butterfly house was ok, I've been to bigger... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a nature lover and especially bugs this is a must see museum. we spent there almost 2 hours and had a lot of fun. don't miss the movie. the live butterfly exhibition is nice but not the highlight. close at 5! We bought a combined ticket to the zoo, aquarium and this exhibition.

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Fort Worth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous! We were there for two hours and that allowed us to read everything, watch the quick film, and spend a few minutes in the live butterfly exhibit. We would have liked to spend another hour in there. There's a 1 price ticket you can buy to the Insectarium, Aquarium, Zoo, and IMAX, that basically gets you the zoo and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I enjoyed a tour of the facility and then chowed down on several insect species. The staff helpfully introduced us to the many benefits of insect harvesting and provided us with food examples. Really interesting facility

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall it was a good and informative place. Its more for kids than anything. Loved the butterfly exibit.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This would be a great attraction for a family with kids that like to learn and experience bugs and cool things. I am a master gardener and botanist and know a lot about greenhouse environments. I think the butterfly garden needs more air circulation because it feels stale. But all of the staff at this exhibit are nice. A chance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was absolutely amazing. For children or adults this is definitely a must see while your in the area. The vast collection of insects is amazing!! Never have I seen so many different insect including beetles, butterflies, arachnids, mantids, ants, bees, wasps, and any other kind of bug you could ever want to see. I could have spent an... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought the Audubon Experience ticket that allowed us to see the zoo, aquarium and the butterfly garden and Insectarium. It was a great time.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the places I'd recommend going to early to beat the school crowds. First thing to be aware of is that it is located in a federal building so make sure you come prepared to go through the standard security measures (removing metal, shoes, belts, no weapons and the like). We repurchased tickets so getting through the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum was great. There were so many bugs exhibits to look at. The bug cafe was amazing. I was too full to eat anything after eating fried food all day but there were at least 8-10 bug dishes to taste. My 2-yr old even ate a cricket cookie. The best part of this place is the butterfly exhibit. We... More 

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