Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, New Orleans

#5 of 53 in Museums in New Orleans
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • 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 »
  • Absolutely beautiful. This was a nice break from the nightlife of Bourbon street and adds an element of fun for the entire family. The exhibits are educational but still entertaining. I was happy that it was way more than just butterflies. But the butterfly garden is amazing. I highly recommend.
  • Staff was enthusiastic about where they work. They had experts on entomology on hand working and displaying the insects. Great for adults and kids. Plenty of great interesting information. The cafe pretty much just vending machines a free samples of food made of bugs so it's more of an experience than a restaurant which is great for a frugal trip to a museum.

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