For one of the best family vacation activities around, The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans Louisiana offers 23,000 square feet of exhibits and attractions, making it the largest insect museum in the United States. You will not only be able to see how the insects live, but will experience it first-hand in this interactive educational museum filled with live exhibits, fun facts, and great immersive experiences that the whole family will love.
Activities in the museum include:
Boudreaux's Bait Shop- Native and live insects are on display at the bait shop for guests to see and touch the insects and insect experts will share information and fun facts about all the creatures.
Bug Appetit- Insects are a good source of protein in many different cultures and if cooked correctly, can be a culinary delight. Watch as the chefs incorporate different insects into their meals and you can sample some of their creations after it's all done!
Butterflies in Flight- The exhibit is within a Japanese garden and displays several species of butterflies that are free-flying and allow for up close and personal viewing. The roach races are a great interactive experience that is fun for all ages to participate in as well.
Field Camp- At Field Camp, you will learn more about live insects and how to collect bugs from your very own backyard!
Hall of Fame- This gallery features the biggest and most impressive insects including a rare look at the birdwings of a Queen Alexandra, the world's largest butterfly.
Insects of New Orleans- At this wonderful gallery you will learn about how the insects that call New Orleans home have influenced the city's heritage.
Louisiana Swamp- The Louisiana Swamp Gallery shows a recreation of the wetlands of New Orleans filled with replica cypress trees, alligators, insects, and more.
Main Hall- The main hall to the Insectarium shows prehistoric insects, habitats filled with living insects, all with a beautiful mural backdrop to help guests learn about these amazing creatures.
Metamorphosis- This gallery shows the life cycle of many insects such as butterflies coming out of their cocoon. With this real husbandry lab, you can see how insects grow and reproduce.
Success Stories- The Success Stories Gallery shows off the survival skills of many insects to let guests test their skills against all the creatures.
Terminix Immersion Theater- The theater displays an animated film with famous people voicing the animated characters. The film includes fun facts and is a multi-sensory experience to enjoy!
Termites- This exhibit gives you an in-depth look into termites where you can learn all about these little terrors and how they can affect the world around you.
Underground- This experience allows you to feel shrunken in size as you explore this over-sized exhibit. You are placed in the insect's environment and will be introduced to a few surprises including a spider trap door.
Flea Market- The Flea Market is a bug and insect-themed gift shop filled with tons of fun items for everyone! Many of these gifts can only be found at the Insectarium gift shop.
Tiny Termite Cafe- This fun cafe has snacks and drinks available for purchase and the tables have real living insects in the middle. The cafe is also where the Bug Appetit cooking show is held.
Enjoy a fun trip to this amazing museum for a day of adventure with the whole family. With something for everyone at the Audubon Insectarium, you will leave filled with tons of new information, fun facts, and great memories at this fantastic addition to your vacation. You can also add to your experience by taking advantage of the Audubon Experience, which allows you to visit not only the Insectarium but also the Audubon Zoo, aquarium, and the Entergy Giant Screen Theatre. Book today for one of the best family vacation New Orleans offers.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Audubon Insectarium?
Most guests spend 4-7 hours at the museum.
- What amenities are available?
There is a gift shop and cafe on-site.
- Is Audubon Insectarium handicap accessible?
Yes, it is handicap accessible.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
Both photography & video recording is allowed.
- For what ages is Audubon Insectarium appropriate?
Attraction is appropriate for all ages.
- Is parking available at Audubon Insectarium?
There are paid public parking lots and garages located nearby.