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Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Neighbourhood: The Museum District
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Address: 1 Hermann Circle Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1749
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+1 713-639-4629
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly...

Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors.

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Lovely butterflies - and bees!

The Cockrell Butterfly Center at The Museum of Natural Science is really well done. It is several levels besides the main level, so some climbing is involved. There is an elevator... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Cockrell Butterfly Center at The Museum of Natural Science is really well done. It is several levels besides the main level, so some climbing is involved. There is an elevator to the main level. The Center is very warm, and there enough butterflies that you have to check yourself before leaving to be sure you don't have any hitchhiker-butterflies.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing place! For a $9 entrance we saw thousands of butterflies. It is a rain forest atmosphere so it is humid. Butterflies are everywhere and you can get quite close for photos. One landed on my husband's iphone! Not to be missed. The museum is in Hermann Park which is lovely.

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Thank Dansker58
Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truly a beautiful experience. So many exotic butterflies fluttering in a rainforest setting. Free parking was available right outside the museum. Friendly docents pointed out interesting facts about each species including some of the plants within the rainforest. Plenty of seating opportunities are available so that you might sit and enjoy this peaceful respite from the Houston traffic.

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Thank TrudysMom48
Houston, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very well done recreation of a tropical rain forest climate and environment that is butterfly friendly. Strategically placed feeding stations for the butterflies allows the visitors to be very close and frequently the perch for these beautiful creatures. It is self paced with no narrative. You just wander and enjoy. There is a short video presentation at... More 

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Thank Robert U
west Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice multi-story enclosure with walking trails and many types of butterflies and some moths throughout. The $5 admission is worth it. Early morning has few visitors, and butterflies are not flying about until the exhibit warms-up. Optimal picture time is when butterflies just start flying, that was about 1030 AM in Late April. Also make sure to visit the insect... More 

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My children and I were visiting my sister and decided to take them to the butterfly center. I love how they make this conservatory feel like a natural environment for the butterflies. Real trees, mist, humidity, etc. It has a real rain forest type of feel to it. I love how they care for these beautiful creatures. This hasn't been... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Watch your step, both for yourself and the butterfly's, but this place is beautiful with many different species of butterfly to watch.

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1 Thank Victoria F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recommend visit if you like to be surrounded in quiet environment with all colors of butterflies. Also has great selection of beetles upstairs.

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Canton, Illinois
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Full of butterflies and water features. There was also a very large iguana in a cage while we were there.... my kids loved it!

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Dover, NH
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

While visiting the Museum of Natural Science, we also explored this butterfly garden. Lots of variety with all the different types of butterflies, and a visually stunning place to visit. Great place to take kids and show them a bit of nature within the city.

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