The Insectarium – New Orleans, Louisiana

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The Insectarium is part of the Audubon Family (the aquarium, the zoo, etc.) and is one of the few brand new attractions to open in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.  The Insectarium is just a short walk to Canal Street from the Aquarium.  I really liked the way the Insectarium was set up.  You walked in, paid for your ticket and started down a hallway.  In the hallway are tons of little creepy crawlies…millipedes, huge cockroaches, ants, etc. 

There are all sorts of the larger than life bugs hanging on the walls

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Look like a leaf to you?  It is actually a Walking Leaf Insect!  This was my son’s favorite bug!

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As you wander down the hallway, you come to the Underground Gallery.  Yuck!  It is like you are disappearing underground…there are gigantic bug statues that will make you feel like you are one of them.  Even the floor texture changes so you feel like you are actually underground!  From there you pass by the cafe…we avoided the cafe because bugs were not on the menu for us that day!  You can watch New Orleans chefs cook with bugs and even try some of the meals!  From there, you enter the Termite Gallery.  Then it is on to the Louisiana Swamp where you learn about the local insects.  They also have a few small gators for you to check out!

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I do not recommend standing on the alligator head…besides the fact that I am sure it is not allowed, we watched a kid fall into the open tank behind this gator.  Thank goodness the gator isn’t real and it is a tank full of fish.  From the Swamp, you enter the Success Stories Gallery where the kids can play with hands-on activities.  My son loved to “Build-A-Bug” where you got to choose all of the bug body parts from lots of different bugs and then choose a home for it.  The computer tells you if there is a chance that your bug would survive.  We couldn’t leave until he built a creation that had a high chance of survival!

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No one in my family dared to stick our hands in this hole…anyone out there tried it?  I would love to know what happens!

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There is a quick movie that you can watch called Awards Night that will make you jump out of your seat.  It has everything from moving seats when the bugs are around and mist that shoots out that it is sure to keep everyone entertained!  My son was not too thrilled with the moving stuff, but my younger child loved the movie!

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 As you continue to wander, you will see beautiful bugs, ugly bugs and you may even get to “pet” a bug.  My daughter’s favorite part of the Insectarium (and mine) was Butterflies in Flight, a beautiful tea garden with hundreds of butterflies flying all around. 

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The Audubon Family sells tickets to meet any of your needs.  Insectarium tickets are 15 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for kids.  Children under 2 are free.   The Audubon Experience package gets you into the Aquarium, the Zoo, the Insectarium and an IMAX for just 32.95 an adult or $19.95 a child.  Children under 2 are free.  They have several other combo choices to meet your needs.   If you have time, I recommend that you see all that the Audubon has to offer.  They are all worthwhile places to visit with your children.

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If you are driving, make sure to check out this list of parking lots that participate in discounted parking program.  Bring your parking ticket in with you to get validated.
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Comments

  1. 1

    Wow, that second shot is simply amazing, but simultaneously might give me nightmares! I don’t do well with creepy-crawlies! =)

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    Love the pictures! This reminds me of the Bug Life movie. I can imagine my kids will enjoy this place a lot.

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    how cool is this? we’d love to go explore there. thanks for the great photos!

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    Your pics are really great!

    LOVE the butterflies, but we could never go there. Bugs and I don’t get along so well!

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    What detail in those photos. I love how the background is out of focus on those closeups – I don’t always have such luck in creating that effect.

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    My son would love this place!!! Even though I’m not the biggest fans of insects no matter how protected I am from them, I think I’d enjoy this place too!

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    I love bugs. I really do. I can never bring myself to kill a bug. I would really love this Insectarium and I am dying to know what is in that hole:) We’ve been to the butterfly museum in Niagara Falls, but to have a whole museum filled with bugs would be awesome. Nice to see that things are opening up in New Orleans.

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    Just wanted to say thank you for visiting! We thoroughly enjoyed your great photos and hearing about your trip! We are proud to be the first attraction to open in New Orleans post-Katrina, and your children’s smiling faces make it all worthwhile. Happy Summer and thanks again!

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    Doug McKay says:

    I was there in May with my two grandsons, we had a blast.
    Was later called the Bugtarium by my guys. My youngest would not go in the underground part but was happy to stand at the entrance and call out for help if me or brother got attacked by the moving bugs.

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    Looks like creepy fun. I’m the only one in my family who likes bugs, but maybe I could talk them into this. Perhaps it would even change their minds. Great find!

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    Shari & Sage says:

    My 10 year old daughter and I also visited the Insectarium during our road trip this summer. Her highlight was eating “Cinnamon Bug Crunch” and purchasing the “I ate a bug at the Audubon Insectarium” t-shirt. Next for her were the huge beetles she could pet and the build your own bug creature.

    I loved it! The Cajun Crickets were good, too, by the way.

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    Camels and Chocolate-There were a few things in there that I think I might pass out if I came across them in the middle of the night!
    Amy-The Underground section was really cool because it made you feel like you had jumped right in the Bug’s Life!!!
    JessieV-It was so much fun to explore. We could have spent all day!
    HaveBabyWillTravel-I was reassured by the fact that the bugs were all in cages, but I always wondered if any ever “got loose”!
    Wanderluster-I wish I could claim that it is my amazing photographic skills but I just happened to have my 50mm lens with me and the lighting inside the tea garden was absolutely perfect! Thanks so much!
    Marina-I hate bugs as well, but it was really cool (and scary) to see what else lives out there with us.
    Dave and Deb-You would love this place if you are a bug lover! It is great to see so much opening/reopening in New Orleans.
    Audubon Insectarium-I am starstruck…thanks for the comment! I am so glad that you liked the review. We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back! The kids loved it!
    Doug-The Underground part scared my oldest, but my youngest thought it was great! She loved the ant that popped out of his hiding hole!
    Bridget-They are caged up…well except for the ones that the staff hold for you to pet…ewwww…so maybe you could convince them!
    Shari and Sage-I am so proud of you and your daughter! I was scared to even go in the cafe!

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    A feather in the hat for New Orleans! I’ve never been, but now I certainly know where to take my kids if I go!

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    I love those butterfly shots – ounds like lots of fun for the kids

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    What a great museum. I wish it were a little closer so I (ahem I mean my kids) could go!

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    Lovely shots! I know how tough it is to get decent butterfly shots as the butterflies don’t always stay so still…but you got so many nice photos.

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    It sounds like a great place to visit, my six year old son would love it, but unfortunately we are on the other side of the Atlantic!

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