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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 2 days ago

This is a great place for kids and adults will like it too. See insects from all over and learn every step of the way. You can even try out insect treats if you dare. My favorite is the butterfly exhibit on the wall. Walking...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a great museum in a beautiful old building. Exhibits were well thought out and very informative. I was concerned it would be more geared toward younger kids, but it there is plenty for adults. If I had more time I would have gotten...More

Thank catszo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is quite an interesting place. It is especially good for kids under the age of 10-12 years old. Here are key takeaways: 1. It is in a Federal Building, so all of your gear will go through a scanner...More

Thank mbc421
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kids love bugs and will love this place. All kinds of bugs and lots of fascinating facts about them . You can feel some of them and eat other ones. We had cinnamon worms and cricket cookies. Yum yum! You get stamped on your hand...More

Thank lvsutton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The butterfly garden was under renovation, but we spent so much time with the creepy crawlies that we would have been hard pressed to fit much more in. Well displayed insects, well organized and good people flow. You can even eat real insects in the...More

Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one place we had to visit on our trip and we were not disappointed. I was very interesting for both children and adults.

Thank Dana H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Audubon Insectarium is a must see. Tons of info and displays. Opportunity to touch some bugs, even opportunity to taste some bugs. The video is on-demand in a theatre which has seats which move. Slightly disappointed with butterfly garden but maybe it is not...More

Thank labguides
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum. You do have to go through a metal detector to enter which my husband found a bit offputting but it was a very minor inconvenience. It did not bother me at all since it's a federal building. Lots of live...More

Thank Tessa B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband came to this very grudgingly, but it ended up being one of his favourite visits. This is in a federal building so you do have to go through security to get in. This is beautifully set out with lots of live exhibits interspersed...More

Thank Turbogirl25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went today, I wasn't very impressed. Fairly sure I paid for the combo package of zoo, aquarium and insectarium. Initially we were told we couldn't go to the insectarium at all because the tickets were purchased "too long ago". Yet we went to the...More

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Annie K, Employee at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi JutteVT, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience during your trip to Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

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becky h
3 August 2017|
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Response from RNMDarby | Reviewed this property |
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.