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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
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Ranked #28 of 380 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed January 7, 2014

What an awesome site to visit. I was not aware of the Insectarium and stumbled upon it. Most of the displays are at a child's height to assist optimum viewing of the displays. Even if you are a little freaked out by bugs you will find something of interest at the insectarium. They also have an incredible butterfly Zen garden that you can walk through. I had butterflies landing on my head and shoulder during my visit. They also have a number of finches that are allowed to fly through the display and took pleasure in buzzing past visitors.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Be sure to stop by this place, somewhat hidden away on the busy Canal Street. The exhibitions are really well made and will entertain anyone, even if you are not a bug-lover. The butterfly "park" is good, but is really just a room with butterflies and a koi pond. Many activities, especially for children. Be sure to buy tickets for the Audobon Experience to get the best value for money, with entries to the Zoo and the Aquarium.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is an amazing place for anyone who likes insects, or is scared out of their minds. The bug buffet was lots of fun. My daughter and I ate roasted crickets and other bugs. They were quite good, actually! My whole family had lots of fun. Give yourself a few hours for this interesting place.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

This insectarium is really cool. Not so big that you have to dedicate a entire day to it and not too small that you feel you've wasted money.
I should say up front I am fascinated by insects so I found it to be quite entertaining. If you're a grown-up, def go with someone else who likes bugs or go solo.
The insectarium is in a great location for visitors. It's in the customs house on Canal street right across from the huge mall with the fancy movie theatre. Canal street is just outside the quarter. So fitting this into a short getaway for a long one is very convenient.
Cool insects in small enough cases to really see them. Some of the insects are fake in each case. I didn't have a problem with that. If you're coming with kids it would be fun to make identifying the real bugs, a game. There are videos and interactive games, lots of cool things to do. And the people who work there are mostly entomologists so they are very interested in showing and telling. Def go to the butterfly station before entering the live butterfly room.
The main attraction was the bug cafe. They had a lil bug buffet and the entomologist/chef (in that order) shared some bug eating facts and explained how one could eat bugs in the wild should the zombie apocalypse come. Yes I ate them all. It was weird at first. Took me a minute to wrap my mind around but all in all not so bad. Judge for yourself. Don't punk out!
Totally worth it.

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Reviewed December 19, 2013

It is a bit expensive for me but on vacation and the kids love it. Live bugs and butterflys. A bakery for you to try food with bugs baked right in. You can't even taste the bugs. Be warned, it is a federal building - do not bring a pocket knife, etc (think boarding a plane) other than that, pretty entertaining and educational.

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