Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

423 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130- Map It
(504) 581-4629
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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is at 423 Canal St. in the U.S. Custom House, which was built 1818-81. Exhibits at this nature museum devoted to the insect world include Butterflies in Flight, a replica of a Japanese garden, where butterflies flutter freely; Hall of Fame, showcasing insects with extreme talents and qualities; Awards Night, an interactive theater presentation with special effects; and Underground, in which oversize exhibits reduce guests to the size of bugs. Other exhibits include Insects of New Orleans, which shines the spotlight on locals such as lovebugs and Formosan termites; Louisiana Swamp Gallery, which showcases creatures found in local wetlands; and Metamorphosis, which features a working husbandry lab. Insect encounters allow visitors to view some of the featured bugs up close. Note: Since the attraction is housed in a federal building, visitors must pass through a metal detector and have their belongings scanned. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Photography is permitted. Food is available.
$19.95; $14.95 (ages 2-12 and 65+). Audubon Experience combination ticket with Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo and Entergy Giant Screen Theater (valid for 30 consecutive days from first use) $44.95; $34.95 (ages 2-12 and 65+). Phone ahead to confirm rates.
Hours: Daily 10-5, early Mar.-Labor Day; Tues.-Sun. and select holiday Mon. 10-5, rest of year. Closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.