Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

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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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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Reviews
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  • The Museum is small and cheap ticket. Without the presentation should be boring, but the presenter is very good. There are a lot of things that anyone in the area, you will appreciate.
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  • Having been to the fabulous butterfly garden in Washington D.C., I was a bit disappointed with this butterfly garden. We did enjoy petting the beetles and tasting the chocolate chirp cookies and saute...  more »
  • You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this exhibit. It is housed in the Custom House which was built in the 1800 so this alone is worth a visit. Once inside one is captivated by the large whimsical cent...  more »
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  • Really impressive. The exhibits were awesome, they have free samples of food made with crickets and meal worms in their cafeteria and the Butterfly Garden was great. It doesn’t have thousands of butterflies flying around because they are of exotic comic species but it was great to have them flying around and landing on you. Great trip for the family. There were 9 of us ranging from 11 to 70
  • Interesting exhibits with an entertaining show about bugs. The kids loved it and can't wait to go back. If you're not an Audubon member it seems a bit expensive. If you like bugs and butterflies, or if you have young kids, don't miss it! Parking is about a block away. Bring your parking ticket with you to get it validated.
  • Educational and fun my 3 1/2 year old didn't want to leave! He was particularly excited by the cafe where he could eat some bugs... They were crunchy! Really made us appreciate the beauty and intricacy of all insect life. And petting a millipede was fun too!
  • This was our favorite of all the parks. It is well kept and the exhibits are beautiful. Tons of critters for all to see, and even a chance to hold a tarantula or hissing cockroaches. You and also samples various bug fare in their cafe. My kids really enjoyed the Chocolate chirp cookies, made from cricket flour. This place was tons of fun, and since it is all indoors, it's perfect for a rainy day.
  • 4 stars because of the weird security deal we went through. We got the full airport treatment, belts and all off before we went through a metal detector. The exhibitions are cool, lots of stuff to see and interact with. Plus an all you can eat buffet for free! Bugs, that is. We had a delicious mango and wax worm chip dip and cricket cookies. A+ experience
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