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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Walk through the largest free-standing American museum dedicated solely to insects

$23.97 Day Tour

About This Experience

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You’ll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet, and along the way, you’ll be shrunk to bug size. Wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp, join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs, and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden

Please meet at the ticket counter at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located at 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 to exchange your voucher for your admission ticket. No refunds or exchanges

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an insectarium and entomology museum in New Orleans. With more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements, the 23,000-square-foot facility is the largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects. The Insectarium opens at 10am, last entry at 4:30pm, and closes at 5pm; the Insectarium is open Tuesday – Sunday year round, Spring and Summer Mondays, and select Holiday Mondays

Please note that per the Audubon Institute's policy, these tickets hold no cash value, are not valid for exchanges or refunds, and are not valid for admission to any special events at any Audubon facility.

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Fun for the family, good exhibits. Saved money by purchasing a family membership and using it at aquarium also. And, you get to eat bugs. Enough said.

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There are lots of interesting exhibits (for all ages)- including an ant farm along one wall, lots of different beetles (some with fascinating colors), scorpions in glass-covered cases on the floor under your feet, an exhibit on termites, a roach case where kids can put their head into a clear bubble and pop up inside the middle of the case...lots of stuff.

Most days they have a field exhibit where you can see a few of the bugs up close and even touch one (the day we were there, we got to pet Madagascar hissing cockroaches, which are more interesting than they sound and less disgusting than the generic Nola cockroaches you're likely far too familiar with).

There's a bug cafe where you can try tasting a prepared bug treat (my munchkin turned down this opportunity, but I suspect by the time he's 7 or 8 it will be a must-do). There's also a cafe with regular food for those of us who aren't inclined to eat insects.

My favorite part was the metamorphosis exhibit where we got to watch butterflies actually emerging from their chrysalises...very, very cool. They hang tons of about-to-hatch chrysalises in the case so if you stand there for at least 15-20 min, you're likely to see at least one butterfly emerge.

The entire attraction doesn't take overly long to get through. So maybe plan for 2-4 hours, depending on how often you intend to stop and read about each bug.

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The butterfly garden and bug buffet were really cool and fun to do, but besides that you look at some bugs and watch this cheesy movie that wasn't all that good. Definitely worth going once, but won't return again.

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Wait a minute. I can eat bugs here? As a new Audubon member I get free admission to the zoo, aquarium and the insectarium. Had it not been for the membership, I don't know that I would come back here. The displays are very small compared to the other Audubon properties. Many of the displays involve dead bugs pinned to a board. While I thought that was cool, kids seem to like more interactive exhibits. As far as eating the bugs go, I tried a few and wasn't impressed. They tasted kind of like dirt. In summary, if you're really into bugs, come here.