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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

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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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  • I've been to a few butterfly gardens and I do prefer the semi outdoor and/or more spacious ones. Still, kudos here for making due with the more urban restrictions. 
    I've been to a few butterfly gardens and I do prefer the semi outdoor and/or more spacious ones. Still, kudos here for making due with the more urban restrictions.  more »
  • This was my first experience with an insectarium, and it was more than I ever could have expected! There were so many little creepy-crawlers that I’d never even heard of! The whole museum was a big... 
    This was my first experience with an insectarium, and it was more than I ever could have expected! There were so many little creepy-crawlers that I’d never even heard of! The whole museum was a big...  more »
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  • Fantastic experience. I understand it's the biggest insect zoo in the US, and it's very well done. All different kinds of creepy-crawlies, with interesting information, often done in a fun and quirky way (just wait until you see the cockroach exhibit). There are also some animals besides insects, like small gators and turtles. The butterfly garden is the highlight, saved until the very end, and you can spend a good hour in there without even realizing it. Ideal location right at the edge of the French Quarter. Well worth the price of admission. There's a modest AAA discount, and good combination discounts if you also want to go to the aquarium.
  • Very interesting place to visit. Has loads of exhibits in a medium sized building. In walking distance of the Aquarium with signs leading the way. The Butterfly Room was very cool. Be careful when inside, Butterflies will land on you. Watch toddlers closely. The Ant Hill room is neat also. A very unique design.

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