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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  • We had a great time well worth the visit very clean and friendly a lot to see and a lot of learning hands on  more »
  • I'm not sure how many times we've been to the Insectarium, but it's more than half a dozen, and we've enjoyed every trip. The diversity of the invertebrate world, and the interpretive material on thes...  more »
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  • A great place to spend a couple of hours. So much more than just bugs behind windows. Be sure to watch the 4d movie experience too. If you get a ticket for the zoo and aquarium all on one ticket it works out to be $15 per thing which is excellent value. The staff were very knowledgeable. Not a huge place but you can expect to spend between 1 and 2 hours here
  • Truly a gem, who would have thought insects could be so beautiful and fascinating! The butterfly garden is absolutely amazing, and the exhibits are so beautiful. I went with little enthusiasm but I left delighted. The staff here is also really stellar, they’re all so nice and they really care about the insects and are very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this place, even if you’re not a fan of insects, it’s a unique experience and a nice break from the city.
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