Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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. To visit Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on your trip to New Orleans, use our New Orleans travel itinerary planner.
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This was a very interesting thing to do with children., Seeing insects walking around in their inhabitant was extremely interesting and the butterfly area was wonderful, unless your small child is afr... read more »
A great place to visit. I saw more bugs and butterflies than I could ever imagined existed. My favorite was the huge display with the ant colony. You could see them going after leaves (actually cuttin... read more »
I went here with my family. My daughters (2 and 4) had a blast. The insectarium had several interactive exhibits that kept their interest. During their visit the even got to eat bugs (yes both did). T... read more »
This place is a peculiar collection of insects housed in a Federal Building. Because of the space, the path you take through the building feels unnatural, but there are lots of fun things to see. Be sure to check out the bug cuisine in the cafe for something different. The Butterfly Garden alone makes this place worth visiting. There are tons of butterflies (you literally have to avoid them as you're walking through the place) in a very peaceful habitat.
Really a great time, the staff was nice. It was really informative. Lots of exotic bugs and fossils. Great time for the whole family. Was about a 1 hour to 2 hour walkthrough!
I am so impressed with this place. It was a great experience. We walked through the entire exhibit around 2.5 hours including the short film on bugs that's a thrill for young and old visitors. Behind the cafe is a bug buffet that serves up edible bugs to sample. Not my cup of tea, but my daughter loved them. The cafe wasn't too pricy compared to others and the tables in the cafe have living exhibits under the glass. We had a great time learning about bugs and it was welcoming on a rainy day in New Orleans.
The butterfly garden was amazing! Being able to walk around with so many exotic butterflies was so cool, although there were some number of dead ones laying around. The insect exhibits were thorough, stuffed with specimens and clean enough to take some excellent photos through the glass. Like the other Audubon museums here, the focus is on local habitat and creatures, and I recommend it to any visitor.
Kind of an unexpected treat in a downtown area, a bug museum! It is really fascinating and kind of enjoyably creeping. One exhibit of cockroaches has a hole in the middle with a plexiglass dome so kids can stick there heads up and be eye-to-eye with the roaches. My grandkids always beg to come here. I especially like the butterfly room. If you stand still they will often land on you.
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