Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
|Date opened||June 13, 2008|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Floor space||23,000 sq ft (2,100 m2)|
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.
Exhibits and attractions
- Underground Gallery
Giant animatronic insects and oversized exhibits give guests a bug's eye view of the insect world.
- Louisiana Swamp Gallery
The sights and sounds of the Louisiana wetlands are depicted with aquatic animals and special effects.
- Termite Gallery
Formosan termites can be seen eating through a wooden skyline of New Orleans.
- Butterfly Garden
A garden populated by hundreds of live butterflies with which guests can interact.
- Metamorphosis Gallery
A working husbandry lab where an insect's entire life cycle is depicted.
- Hall of Fame Gallery
Preserved examples of some of the world's biggest, fastest, and most impressive insects.
- Awards Night
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.
- Bug Appétit
Guests can watch chefs incorporate bugs into their dishes and sample some of their exotic creations.
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