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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

423 Canal St, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130-2329
+1 504-524-2847
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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. Voted A top museum for you and your kids by CNN, 2009.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
423 Canal St, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130-2329
Central Business District
+1 504-524-2847
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped by at the request of my wife and granddaughter. The exibit was good. If you are stressed and need to relax try the butterfly haven. Watching the "flutterbys" is incredible. Also if someone is wearing tropical bright colors wait for the butterflies to...More

Thank Dwight D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went to this exhibit with my mom several years ago. It was fun and I suggest anyone with/without children to go.

Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent Place! for kids and adults!.... something different about we use to know and see... so many different kind of insect to know about... not the typical museum..

Thank jor_gzz
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent about 2 hours here checking out all the insects -- a huge collection -- and also experiencing the butterfly garden. Would return again. The butterfly displays were beautiful. I'm not a big fan of bugs but I found this museum fascinating. Don't miss it...More

Thank Vicki K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Can only talk about the insectarium because unfortunately the butterfly farm was closed for refurbishment. There was a small box of big butterflies to get an experience of what they do display. Really good displays...making insects less creepy to look at...really fun exhibits. Opportunity to...More

Thank BethRC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my wife and 3 older children and had a very nice time. It's a for sure visit while in New Orleans

Thank zgoody
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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 did most of the tasting lol I tried the crickets...More

Thank Wilhear
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 butterfly garden lets you walk among some...More

Thank Rosemarie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were there..many children who were loving the butterflies and insects. Do not miss the butterfly room!

Thank AaronFWA
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium was both educational and awe inspiring. Felt like a kid again, with the huge bugs displays but what was most spiritual was the butterflies in flight. I've not had a butterfly land on me before and it was quite...More

Thank Carlene L
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becky h
3 August 2017|
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Response from Col20 | Reviewed this property |
We actually purchased a 3 day New Orleans Power Pass. It covered a whole range of attractions including the Insectarium. You do get great value for you money but you have to plan each day's activities carefully so you are... More
K'Anna B
5 March 2017|
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Response from Annie K | Property representative |
Hi K'Anna, There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for complimentary use!
Eran R
19 October 2016|
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Response from CynDe C | Reviewed this property |
They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Mardi Gras Day.