Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

4.5
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Sixteen attractions--including live insect galleries, interactive exhibits, and films all about bugs--make Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium the largest museum of insects in the United States. Opened in 2008 as part of the larger Audubon Nature Institute, the insectarium received the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Science Center in 2009. Hang out among hundreds of butterflies in the butterfly garden, or watch Formosan termites eat away at a wooden replica of the New Orleans skyline. In the historic U.S. Customs House, the Hall of Fame gallery shows off the world's biggest, fastest, and most impressive bugs. Check out the Bug Appetit show, where chefs cook up interesting concoctions featuring insects. If you're feeling adventurous, you can sample the delicacies. Put Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium into our New Orleans trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in New Orleans.
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  • We enjoyed the insectarium however try to avoid being there with groups of school kids. They were not interested - just happy to be out of the classroom and running amok. Not sure where their...  more »
  • This was my first experience with an insectarium, and it was more than I ever could have expected! There were so many little creepy-crawlers that I’d never even heard of! The whole museum was a big...  more »
  • Well displayed items, with good information. This is more for young kids as some of the information panels were located knee high, not for someone 6 feet tall. More structured for kids, interesting...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. This was a nice break from the nightlife of Bourbon street and adds an element of fun for the entire family. The exhibits are educational but still entertaining. I was happy that it was way more than just butterflies. But the butterfly garden is amazing. I highly recommend.
  • Staff was enthusiastic about where they work. They had experts on entomology on hand working and displaying the insects. Great for adults and kids. Plenty of great interesting information. The cafe pretty much just vending machines a free samples of food made of bugs so it's more of an experience than a restaurant which is great for a frugal trip to a museum.
  • The exhibits are creative and the flow of the displays let's you from tripping over other visitors. The are more live exhibits than I thought there would be. It's a good family outing if you're bringing kids, but still interesting for adults visiting. The butterfly garden was nice. I think the fish were the best part of the garden. It's a good place to spend a nice afternoon. Takes about two hours to go through if you look at everything.
  • Truly a gem, who would have thought insects could be so beautiful and fascinating! The butterfly garden is absolutely amazing, and the exhibits are so beautiful. I went with little enthusiasm but I left delighted. The staff here is also really stellar, they’re all so nice and they really care about the insects and are very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this place, even if you’re not a fan of insects, it’s a unique experience and a nice break from the city.
  • A great place to spend a couple of hours. So much more than just bugs behind windows. Be sure to watch the 4d movie experience too. If you get a ticket for the zoo and aquarium all on one ticket it works out to be $15 per thing which is excellent value. The staff were very knowledgeable. Not a huge place but you can expect to spend between 1 and 2 hours here

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