Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

(4.4/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We got the package deal with the zoo, aquarium and insectarium. Wow, the insectarium was so much fun!! I wasn't excited about going at first, but we have two bug-loving boys (ages 2 and 4) so had to g...  more »
  • My hubby is an insect/spider enthusiast, so we had to visit here. I in fact enjoyed the museum a lot. I am very appreciative of displays of local insects, including roaches ;) I kinda wish their local...  more »
  • We spent a few hours here and could have stayed longer. In my opinion, the butterfly part was less interesting than the rest. It appeared that the insects were all being well-cared for, but some of th...  more »
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  • I am not a big fan of insects and I still found this place very cool. My 4 and 7 year old little boys also loved it... You have to go into the butterfly area because it is the best part! A butterfly landed on me and rode on my shoulder all the way through.
  • 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.
  • Very neat, I didn't like the security check but it wasn't bad. Got to eat some bugs. Not that big but worth seeing.
  • It was somewhat interesting, but only had about 30 small containers with insects. I just existed a lot more insects, and learning about them. The Butterfly exhibit and the small alligator exhibit were neat to see.
  • 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.