Free entry to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

New Orleans Pass Benefits:

Free entry to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Normal Ticket Price: Adult: $23.97; Child: $18.75

Use all five of your senses and shrink down to bug size to explore the largest insectarium in America. At the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, you’ll learn why creepy crawlies aren’t that creepy after all – they’re actually the building blocks of life on our planet.

Explore the vast world of insects and their relatives. Each of the eight different themed galleries shares the story of an insect family and how they help protect and sustain life on earth.

Did you know that termites never sleep? That’s just one of the cool facts you’ll learn about termites in the Termite Gallery. Watch as the tiny terrors chew through objects of all kinds and see how they effect the human landscape.

Feeling adventurous? Save your appetite for a meal at Bug Appetit, a cafeteria full of culinary bug creations. While it may not be the first source of protein that comes to mind, bugs are incredibly good for you. Watch as top-notch chefs incorporate these little critters into delicious dishes and try some for yourself.

See thousands of butterflies flutter by at Butterflies in Flight, do some shopping at Boudreaux’s Bait Shop, and meet the most impressive insects in the Hall of Fame. From gorgeous Arched-wing Cattleheart butterflies, to crawling tarantulas, to the Formosan Subterranean Termite, you’ll see a little bit of everything at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Bordeaux’s Bait Shop: Bordeaux is a local expert in all things insects, so if he’s not out fishing he’ll be behind the counter educating you on the best bait tactics and insect habits. See the creepy critters that call Louisiana’s wetlands home.
  • Bug Appetit: it’s probably not the meal you were anticipating on having today, but why not try it? At Bug Appetit, watch top-rated chefs prepare dishes that incorporate protein-dense insects in delicious ways
  • Butterflies in Flight: see thousands of beautifully-patterned butterflies flutter about in the Asian-themed Butterfly Garden. This free-flight exhibit is a peaceful place to relax.
  • Hall of Fame: meet the biggest, fastest and most impressive insects. Some of the galleries prized possessions include a display of two rare Queen Alexandra’s birdwings – aka the world’s largest butterfly.
  • Insects of New Orleans: surprisingly, insects have been a huge part of New Orleans’ history. Learn how they influenced the city’s heritage and see how NOLA was built on bugs.
  • Louisiana Swamp: dive into the wetlands and see what lives below the surface. The habitat is a near-perfect mockup of a real swamp, right down the cypress trees, alligators and insects crawling about.
  • Main Hall: you’ll be met with walls swirling with colors and stories upon entrance to the museum in the Main Hall. Study models of large prehistoric insects, carefully crafted habitats, and realistic murals.
  • Metamorphosis Gallery: go beyond the butterfly gallery and see how the gorgeous creatures come to be. This gallery demonstrates the life cycle of butterflies and other popular insects.
  • Success Stories: learn the expert way in which insects survive and thrive. Test your own survival skills against the bugs’.
  • Terminix Immersion Theatre: succumb all your senses to the insects during this completely immersive short film.
  • Underground: be the bug! Crawl through a shrunken habitat to experience a day in the life of an insect.


Tips for visiting:

  • Save 2-3 hours for a trip to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
  • Explore the Customs House before or after your time at the museum

Fun facts:

  • The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located in the old US Customs House, a beautiful architectural structure made in traditional southern style
  • A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four stages: egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult
  • Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet
  • The earliest fossil cockroach is about 280 million years old – that’s 80 million years older than the first dinosaurs!

see the: full list of attractions included

Monday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Closed: Mardi Gras day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve and Christmas day

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423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130,


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