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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  • I was looking for somewhere indoors to take my mom to since she hasn't been out much for 2 weeks since so cold. This exhibit was perfect. We almost went straight to it. A bit pricey for just that ..bu...  more »
  • We went for the butterfly garden but that was pretty spare. The insect stuff, though, was very good. Who would have thought!  more »
  • Love the displays and live insects. Butterfly room was very neat. Movie was good fun. Felt odd having metal detectors at entry. Bit expensive.  more »
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  • I have been here before and have always enjoyed my time here. I was there the summer of 2008 when it opened. The staff are and have been from the start very enthusiastic about what they do. They make me want to go to university and study entomology. Love it! I will return again and again and again...
  • Visiting this location was not my choice this was something my wife insisted we had to do. After having touted the exhibits, I am glad that she did. Their numerous exhibitions were well worth going there. Obviously the butterfly room was beautiful, but their cafe was especially amusing. Their cafe specifically featured numerous types of bugs prepared for eating. Obviously not for the faint of heart or sensitive palate but I found it rather intriguing to see just how all of these things might taste.
  • Free bug salsa and chip tasting. Great for kids. Very informational. Some children may be afraid of the large fake bugs used as decor. There is a fun little movie you can watch while there. The butterfly section is absolutely mesmerizing and magical for everyone.
  • This is a place where kids of all ages can revel in what is cool about insects! I was particularly excited about the Butterfly room where one can interact with a myriad of species not generally encountered here in the USA. My wife and I were enthralled by the whole experience in spite of the influx of eager young people and teachers. One of the staff in articular fielded my spontaneous questions about how the center acquired all the species and patiently explained how they tracked the life span of each butterfly! Awesome place to go!
  • So many things to see, read & learn. You are never too old to play with bugs. Had a blast here & the butterfly garden was beautiful. Also plan on going to the Aquarium & buying combo tickets. Both are well worth the trip.

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