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Tips For Your Trip

Ticketing Tips

Skip the lines! Book your tickets online and print your tickets at home. Or, consider an off-site ticket outlet.

Visiting Tips

  • For the best experience, visit during the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium's least frequented times—weekday afternoons.
  • The museum is handicapped accessible.
  • Strollers are allowed but rentals are not available.
  • A limited number of wheelchairs are available for complimentary use.
  • Photography (including flash) is permitted.
  • Information above is subject to change.
  • Audubon Members are required to have both a photo ID and their member card. If you purchased an Audubon Membership but have not received your card, you must bring a printed confirmation from your online purchase OR print a temporary membership card and bring it with you.
  • Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is a "smoke-free" facility. For the safety and health of all patrons, our staff and the animals in our stewardship, smoking is only permitted outside of the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Information above is subject to change.

Butterfly Garden and Insectarium Security

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located in the U.S. Custom House, a Federal building. Therefore, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and have their belongings scanned.

  • Do not bring any sharp items into the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, such as knives (including pocket or “Swiss army” style), screwdrivers, scissors, nail files, corkscrews, etc.
  • Other items not permitted include firearms, pepper spray and mace.
  • Please do not bring any unnecessary items with you. Purses, backpacks and other bags are allowed but subject to security search.


Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium entrance is located at 423 Canal Street near North Peters Street. The Butterfly Garden andInsectarium entrance is handicap accessible.   


Restrooms are located in the center of the museum near the Underground exhibit.

Insectarium Lobby

Butterfly Garden and Insectarium maps, daily schedules and facility information are available in the lobby. Wheelchairs may be obtained, free of charge, with the deposit of photo identification at the Ticket Booth in the lobby. Wheelchairs are available in limited numbers, on a first-come, first-serve basis inside of the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Strollers are not available for rental; guests are advised to bring their personal strollers if needed.

Wheelchair and Stroller Routes

Small strollers are best for navigating the Aquarium. View the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium map for details. 

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in all public areas of the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.


Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is full of engaging activities for the whole family. View our calendar of events to learn more.

Insectarium Map

View the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium map.

Insectarium Visitor Info



Plan Your Visit

Shopping and Dining

Chats and Feeds

Learn more about the busy lives of the American cockroach...

Galleries and Attractions

The Butterfly Garden features hundreds of butterflies!

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