Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans

Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans (must see)

The Audubon Insectarium is an entomology museum that features 50 live exhibits. The 23,000 square foot facility is part of the Audubon Nature Institute complex and is located on the first floor of the US Custom House Federal Building on Canal Street. It opened in 2008.

If you love all things insects, you will enjoy this museum. Interactive exhibits, fossils, and insects are everywhere. One interesting interactive element is the den that shrinks people down to the size of an insect. The exhibits and attractions include the Underground Gallery, the Louisiana Swamp Gallery, the Termite Gallery, the Butterfly Garden, the Metamorphous Gallery, the Hall of Fame Gallery, the Ward Night, and the Bug Appétit.

Two of the attractions you should make a definite effort to see are Awards Night and Bug Appétit. Awards Night is an animated film that features the voices of Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Brad Garrett. The film allows viewers to visit a red carpet event for bugs. The Bug Appétit allows patrons to watch chefs prepare meals that contain insects and to sample those dishes once they are complete.

Why You Should Visit:
A wonderful interpretive experience and "museum" including both live and mock insects.
By the end of the tour, you'll have had the chance to see how bugs live underground, taste bugs in a couple of ways, touch a millipede and see tarantulas up close, and walk through a butterfly sanctuary.
For children especially, this would be an outstanding place to visit.

Tip:
Buying tickets only for the Insectarium is a bit pricey. The best deal is to get a bundle pack that also includes the zoo and aquarium (you don't have to visit all in the same day).
Make sure to check out the gift shop at the end of the Insectarium tour, however, as prices are very reasonable.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-4:30pm

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Audubon Insectarium on Map

Sight Name: Audubon Insectarium
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Cultural Tour in Business District, New Orleans  

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