Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

4.5
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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  • My family purchased the Audubon Experience ticket so we attended all 3 locations in New Orleans. The Insectatrium was not near as hyped up as the Aquarium and Zoo but was AMAZINg!!! My teens and mysel...  more »
  • This place was AMAZING! I loved the butterfly garden and being around them. My fiance had so many on him and he didn't want to leave. I just say buy the tickets there because I had a small issue prebu...  more »
  • This is a very neat experience! We went in the afternoon, and there were A LOT of school/day care groups there so we weren't able to really take the time to enjoy all of the exhibits on the insects. H...  more »
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  • Great place to learn so much about the wonderful world of insects and bugs of all sorts. Many great exhibits. You can tell with all the gadgets that it is not easy to keep them alive and in their natural state. Good job on that! There are experts to help with your curiosity. Highly recommended for kids. You can also taste some bugs in variety of food items like candies and cookies. Apparently they could be the best source of nutrients for humans. Better than meat and one can develop the taste.
  • This placed is as little pricey if you just go here. If you buy the annual pass for all there locations, including the zoo and the aquarium, it's not so bad - especially for a large family. It is worth doing at least once. It doesn't take a long time to go through the whole thing. The bug food samples are pretty cool. There's a pretty good 4D movie that's about 10 minutes. The butterfly room is really neat.
  • It’s small but it’s very nice. The butterfly garden is my favorite. The butterflies fly freely all around and they are so beautiful!! We come here every once in a while— we would probably come more if it was bigger and had more exhibits, but it’s nice for what it is.
  • Very cool experience. The Japanese butterfly garden was the highlight of course. We arrived too late to partake in the insect food court (closes at 4pm on the Tuesday we went). Good way to spend an hour or two that doesn't involve the French Quarter. Go on weekday afternoons to avoid the crowd.
  • It is incredible, but definitely aimed at kids. I felt a little strange being there as an adult. The collection is expansive and the signs are informative. The building is historic and beautiful, and there is at least one sign about its origins. I just wish there was a bit more interesting material for adults.
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