Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans
The Audubon Insectarium is an entomology museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. With more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements, the 23000 sqft facility is the largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects.
It opened in June 2008. In 2009, it was awarded the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Science Center.
Part of the Audubon Nature Institute complex, it is located on the first floor of the U.S. Custom House Federal Building.
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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