Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
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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 the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Butterflies in Flight Gallery, a replica of a Japanese-inspired garden, where butterflies flutter freely; the Goldring Family Foundation and Woldenberg Foundation Insect Hall of Fame, where insects with extreme talents and qualities are showcased; the Terminix Immersion Theater, which shows Awards Night, an interactive film featuring celebrity voices; and Richard C. Colton Jr. Underground Gallery, where oversized exhibits make guests feel like they are the size of bugs.

Other exhibits include Insects of New Orleans, which shines the spotlight on locals such as lovebugs and Formosan termites; the Zemurray Foundation Louisiana Swamp Gallery, which showcases creatures found in local wetlands; Bug Appétit, where bug chefs create exotic culinary dishes with bugs for guests to sample; and the Metamorphosis Gallery, 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.

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