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The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston

    What to Expect
    During your visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, head to the Cockrell Butterfly Center and show your entrance ticket to enter the exhibit.

    Walk through a three-story glass structure that simulates a tropical rain forest, complete with a 50-foot waterfall. The glass-enclosed rain forest is home to exotic flowering plants and thousands of live butterflies that flutter around the exhibit.

    Continue to the Brown Hall of Entomology to view live insects, mounted specimens, and larger-than-life insect models. In the displays, search for camouflaged creatures, watch leaf cutter ants at work, learn how insects can help solve crimes, see giant wasp nests, and check out some of Houston’s largest cockroaches. 

    Peek into an entomologist’s lab for a close look at insect specimens and listen to interviews with working entomologists. Learn about butterfly-friendly gardens, backyard beekeeping, and ways to control mosquitoes.

    In the Chrysalis Corner, have the chance to see butterflies emerge from their chrysalis and dry their wings, then get released into the rain forest. Kids enjoy the The Land of Beeyond on the main level, where they can play in a giant beehive, make insect rubbings, read insect picture books, and put together puzzles.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    Departure Time
    5/1/2019 - 12/31/2019Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    5/1/2020 - 12/31/2020Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • Entry/Admission - The Houston Museum of Natural Science
    • General Museum Admission entrance fees
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Your tickets will be held at the box office in exchange for Viator voucher
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
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    Such a wonder to walk amongst the butterfies, watching them flutter about. Spent a good 2 hours just intently watching them. Went before the holidays so they were playing Christmas music to watch them by. Expect it to be hot and humid and dress accordingly
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    We enjoy every aspect of this museum. The dinosaur exhibit is fabulous and the Butterfly exhibit is a delightful treat. This museum has something for everyone.
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    Awesome place to visit! So relaxing and rejuvenating. From the cocoon to butterfly they have it all at the center!
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    I love the butterfly exhibit! The display of butterfly specimens is very interesting. However, the best part is being able to interact with and photograph the living butterflies. Wear bright colors as they are attracted to them. Increases the odds of one visiting you up close.
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    Absolutely loved it and was a beautiful experience! There’s layers to the dome and it’s super hot on the very first according to the habitat of the butterfly and cooler on the second layer and warm on the bottom. The butterfly’s are just mesmerizing as you walk through the
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    About the operator
    By: The Houston Museum of Natural Science
    4,921 reviews
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Nice day out
    So much to see at this museum, you need more than one day! There is a lovely Egyptian display for the
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    Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    Great exhibitions, poor information
    I went there with a 2-yrs and a 5-yrs toddler and they loved it! Specially the dinosaur exhibition which is truly
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    Scottsdale, Arizona
    Fantastic exhibits
    Visited the museum with kids and grandkids to see the Art of the Brick special exhibit which presents art of
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    Really enjoyed the musuem with the fossils and dinosaurs fossil exhibit..nice architecture and layout. So much to
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    Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania
    outstanding museum
    This is an outstanding natural science museum, with many fascinating exhibits to explore, appealing to all ages.
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    College Station, Texas
    Excellent exhibits - Went when no crowds
    Great visit to a wonderfully laid out museum...parking way to expensive, $20...but exhibits terrific...enjoyed
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    Joyce D
    Saint John, Indiana
    Cool and calming
    Such a wonder to walk amongst the butterfies, watching them flutter about. Spent a good 2 hours just intently
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    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Give this place six stars
    Set to the side of a beautiful park, this was one of the best Science Museums we've visited in the US including
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    Reno, Nevada
    Very cool and educative place
    It was one of the best museum I have been with my boys. they loved it. You can spend whole day just in general
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    Excellent experience.
    Excellent experience from parking, buying last minute discounted tickets with TripAdvisor and - of course -
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    There is a wide variety of exhibits, something for everyone. The Cockrell Butterfly Museum within the museum is
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    Houston, Texas
    The Butterfly Museum Plus!!
    We enjoy every aspect of this museum. The dinosaur exhibit is fabulous and the Butterfly exhibit is a delightful
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    It was a nice place And because I have my tickets paid online it was really fast to admit My little one was
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    As good as Any Big City Museum
    This was a repeat visit with our 8 year old grandson. He loves the Paleontology Hall and this time got to have a
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    Houston, Texas
    Family day out
    We are on our 3rd consecutive membership at HMNS and still love it as much as the first time we came. There really
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