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    I really liked the edible bug buffet. Even if I didn’t try it , it was interesting to see the many different ways the could be prepared. I hate bugs but this was ok. The tarantula in the underground part was scary. Overall pretty good.

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    Initially, I’d never heard of an Insectarium but we were curiuos and it paid off. Kids loved it and so did I! I was really impressed with the live exhibit tables in the dining room where the silk worms and the tarantula were enclosed but you could watch them as you ate. My girls particularly enjoyed the “bug buffet” where they ate crickets, millworms, and chocolate “chirp” cookies. The kids giggled nonstop at the cockroach exhibit where they have them inside a “house” with miniature furniture that makes them look huge. It made for wonderful family time and they’re begging to go back again. What a neat idea!

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    I was disappointed in the overall experience. Going through a metal detector was unexpected and I can only surmise that it’s because the exhibit is in a federal building. The cost is high, more than twice the price of Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion. The displays of dead insects were beautiful and well done but I would rather have seen more live bugs and butterflies. It seemed as though most of the live bugs were cockroaches and I see enough of those around New Orleans. The butterfly exhibit was a big disappointment with so many artificial plants, not many butterflies and no nursery where you can watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. I have been to the butterfly pavilion in Denver and just recently to one in Ontario where the butterflies of many varieties are so numerous that they are fluttering all around you and the plants are plentiful and real. They also have a variety of chrysalides that are amazing to watch as butterflies struggle to free themselves. The New Orleans Insectarium needs to remove the plastic plants from the butterfly exhibit and replace them with a jungle of real plants.

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    If you are Looking for an attraction where the School Children are allowed to create Havoc, with no supervision, Physically harming the living exhibits. Then this is the place for you. The use of the term Butterfly garden for this facility is misleading. The majority of Plants are artificial. The number and variety of butterflies per square foot is high. Making viewing easy. Staff simply stood back while school children went on a damaging rampage. I was not impressed. I only wish I could have determined the name of the school so I could contact the administration as well.For the money you get a better deal and experience at the Day Butterfly center, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain GA.

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    I am not a butterfly room expert but this one was very nice. Lots of butterflies abound. Most of the exhibits were well thought out and interesting. The kids had a great time and is a nice place to spend one of those hot NOLA days.