Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
History and museums, Natural sights
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is an insectarium and entomology museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. With more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements, the 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) facility is the largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects.
The Butterfly Garden and Insectarium opened on June 13, 2008. In 2009, it was awarded the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Science Center.
Part of the Audubon Nature Institute complex, it is located on the first floor of the U.S. Custom House Federal Building.
Giant animatronic insects and oversized exhibits give guests a bug's eye view of the insect world.
The sights and sounds of the Louisiana wetlands are depicted with aquatic animals and special effects.
Formosan termites can be seen eating through a wooden skyline of New Orleans.
A garden populated by hundreds of live butterflies with which guests can interact.
A working husbandry lab where an insect's entire life cycle is depicted.
Preserved examples of some of the world's biggest, fastest, and most impressive insects.
A comic film with animated insect characters voiced by Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Brad Garrett. Awards Night takes visitors to a red carpet event for bugs; the experience is enhanced by special in-theater effects and animated seats.
Guests can watch chefs incorporate bugs into their dishes and sample some of their exotic creations.