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. To visit Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium on your trip to New Orleans, use our New Orleans travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Went with my wife and 3 older children and had a very nice time. It's a for sure visit while in New Orleans  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    To start off the Butterfly Garden is temporary closed - so we experienced the insects it was truly beautiful and interesting we also enjoyed the tasting of bugs experiences in the cafe / my husband di...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This was a perfect activity to do while the rain lasted and nice to get out of the sweltering heat. Great displays of all kinds of bugs and a chance for visitors to interact with the creatures. The bu...  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    Another great Audubon property. The kids will love the wide variety of unique bugs that are on display. The butterfly room is great for interaction with non-threatening bugs. Stop by the cafe and try a chocolate chip and cricket cookie. This is definitely a good alternative when its too hot for the zoo.
  • June 5, 2017
    Knowledgeable and courteous staff. Interesting once every 7 - 8 years. Butterfly exhibit is lacking if you've ever been to any other one. Eating the bugs is the best part. Inside a Federal Building expect heavy security including walk through and hand held metal detectors. They will x-ray any belongings. No pocket knives allowed.
  • July 4, 2017
    This place was a little on the expensive side but has an awesome display of both live and pinned insects. The butterfly room really grabbed the kids attention. Try eating examples of sustainable food sources made with insects, pet live insects, read up on histories, or just plain enjoy the attractions including the movie room that's Interactive. Oh ... and they have really nice bathrooms.
  • July 4, 2017
    Very fun place. Definitely worth going with the kids, heck I even learned some cool things. We did the 1 year super family pass gets you in all 4 attractions for a year. Also when you go through, go through a second time you will see things to missed 😉
  • June 29, 2017
    My daughter and I have been here twice and really enjoy it. It is much smaller and has exhibits than the Audubon zoo and aquarium. The first part has the insects and spiders. It is interesting and educational. We didn't do it but you can eat bugs in one part. There is a whole room dedicated to termites and the damage they cause, which was pretty interesting. The next area is set up like the native swamp and mash with fish, frogs, and alligators. The kids get to touch and feel different bugs. There is also a theater where you get to watch a short film about some cool things bugs do to survive. The seats vibrate and water is splashed to give a realistic feel. The last part is the butterfly garden where beautiful butterflies and moths fly all around you. My daughter loved it when a butterfly landed on her. Just be very careful and make sure you watch where you walk. We saw several injured and even some dead butterflies which was a little upsetting for my child. The butterfly garden, zoo, and aquarium are all part of the Audubon. If you plan on going to more than one of these it is cheaper to buy the Audubon membership. That way you can go to all three as much as you like for a whole year. You also get to bypass the long ticket line and get a discount in the gift shop.

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