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Apr 27

Audubon Insectarium: Making the Creepy Crawly Less Creepy

to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comThe Audubon Insectarium is home to all things that are creepy crawly, which hopefully by the time your visit is complete you will see insects in a different light.  The Audubon Insectarium is one of the largest museums of its kind with 23,000 square feet dedicated to hundreds of thousands species of insects.  This is one of three Audubon attractions found in the New Orleans area and all three are highly recommended if you can afford the somewhat pricey admission cost.  Karen and I recommend getting their combo ticket in order to save some of your hard earned cash.to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comIt is a relatively new attraction for New Orleans having just opened its doors in the summer of 2008.  Shortly after the Audubon Insectarium opened it won the Thea Award for Outstanding achievement in a Science Center.  Karen and I were quite impressed with the layout of the museum and how they can make learning about insects fun and exciting.  We have been to a few insectariums or butterfly houses with aquarium tanks with other bugs in them and the Audubon Insectarium has been far and away the best one that we have been to.to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comThe Audubon Insectarium is divided up into many different themed areas with several being very unique, but none are more inimitable then their Bug Appétit which is where we got to watch chefs put a variety of bugs into their dishes.  Needless to say since Karen and I just had a large lunch we did not partake in the feast.  At least that is what we told ourselves.  Other areas of note where their Termite Gallery which shows the destructive nature of termites, the Louisiana Swamp Gallery which gives visitors an up close view of the vast numbers of wetland insects, the Hall of Fame Gallery which has preserved examples of a variety of famous types of bugs, and the Metamorphosis Gallery which does a wonderful job explaining an insect’s life cycle.to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comAs Karen would say, we have a healthy fear of insects, so naturally our favorite area of the Audubon Insectarium was their Butterfly Garden.  It was our favorite not because of the quality of the exhibit which was not inherently bad it was just not as nice as other “butterfly gardens” that we have been to.  It happened to be our favorite because butterflies are a lot less creepy then their insect brethren.  The Butterfly Garden had a nice variety of butterflies that were housed in what could only be described as a Japanese inspired garden.to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comOverall, we were glad that we decided to go ahead and stop at the Audubon Insectarium during our visit near the French Quarter in New Orleans.  I will admit it was a little strange when we had to go through a metal detector to see a bunch of insects, but it made sense when Karen pointed out that the museum is located on the first floor of the U.S. Custom House Federal Building.  Our little daughter enjoyed seeing the little bugs and butterflies crawling or flying about, and anything that makes her smile and learn, quickly becomes worth it.  Upon leaving the Audubon Insectarium I would say that we are still not big fans of spiders, scorpions, and a whole host of other bugs, but we left knowing a whole bunch more about them.to read our review of the Audubon Insectarium go to www.plainadventure.comTo see more Butterfly Gardens and Insectariums like the Audubon Insectarium click here.

Audubon Insectarium
Located at 423 Canal Street, US Custom House, New Orleans, LA
Hours of Operation Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost as of this Posting: Adult 13 and over $16.50, Seniors 65 and over $13.00 and Children 2 to 12 $12.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/insectarium

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