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The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston

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The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston

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When visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the butterflies and insects at the Cockrell Butterfly Center and Brown Hall of Entomology. The entrance ticket admits you to both exhibits where you can see both live and preserved specimens, and learn about them with interactive games and displays. Explore a rain forest environment with a 3-floor butterfly habitat, get a close look at a range of insects, and visit a play area for kids.
  • Entrance ticket to Cockrell Butterfly Center at Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Stroll through the 3-story rain forest exhibit to observe butterflies and plants up close
  • Learn all about insects in the Brown Hall of Entomology
  • Let the kids play with educational games in the Land of Beeyond
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Cockrell Butterfly Center Entrance Fee
General Museum Admission entrance fees
Food and drinks
Guide
2/5/2021 - 12/31/2021
Monday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
2/5/2022 - 12/31/2022
Monday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday:09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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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Enter a stunning, three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall. This simulated tropical rain forest is filled with exotic plants and thousands of live butterflies. As you walk through the three-story glass rain forest at your own pace, feast your eyes on a rainbow of color provided by the thousands of live, fluttering butterflies and exotic flowering plant species. Absorb all the beauty of the living rain forest, and then make your way to the Brown Hall of Entomology and witness astounding living insects, spectacular mounted specimens, larger-than-life models, and interactive games. Search for camouflaged creatures, meet a cricket weatherman, learn how insects are used to solve crimes, watch leaf cutter ants at work, see giant wasp nests, get a close-up look of some of Houston’s largest cockroaches, and more. Do not forget to view the fabulous Chrysalis Corner in the hall. Witness butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, dry their wings, and be released into the rain forest. Tucked underneath the waterfall and behind the cenote pool, discover how insects are particularly important to humans. Listen to interviews with real-life entomologists and take a peek into an entomologist’s lab, where you can look up close at insect specimens. Pick up some butterfly gardening tips, learn about backyard beekeeping, and explore the best ways to control mosquitoes. Finally, make your way back to the main level: The Land of Beeyond. This immersive insect environment is perfect for families, where kids can play in a giant beehive, make insect rubbings, put together puzzles, or enjoy insect picture books.
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 75 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Houston Museum of Natural Science
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Cockrell Butterfly Center Admission in Houston?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
World of Wonder
Kelly_s
, Oct 2021
I brought my sons here when they were young and now I got to bring my granddaughter. Such a lovely experience for anyone but for little ones it is like entering a world of wonder. So many things to look at and the setting transports you to a beautiful rainforest. You can not help but feel at peace and be amazed.
star-4
Everything was awesome
Shantea_M
, Oct 2021
A butterfly landing on me. Seeing them eating fruit. Some were resting some were fluttering about. Seeing them in there habitat was cool
star-4
Clean, enjoyable, but the food and beverage was a little pricey
Mark_T
, Jul 2021
Other than the parking, we had a great time. It took ilia about 35 minutes to find a parking spot close enough to the building. I can’t walk far on concrete due to my legs and I do not have a handicap sticker. The Museum was very nice and we didn’t have to wait in line lone to receive our tickets
star-5
Overall Great Experience
Ivan_G
, Jul 2021
Pretty organized and maintained environment, even with the amount of people there, I felt there was still a lot of room and a lot to look at, great job to everyone who keeps that place running!
star-4
Tickets
John-f
, Jul 2021
It was unclear that when you booked on line you won’t revive an e ticket. Then having to wait in line when you got to museum was frustrating Not sure the value of booking on line makes much sense when you then have to wait in line anyway to get your tickets
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Butterflies Galore!
Melissa_L
, Jul 2021
We LOVED seeing all the beautiful butterflies and tropical plants. Our granddaughter was simply enthralled!
star-4
Wonderful experience
Kimberly_T
, Jul 2021
Wonderful exhibit, informative, interactive and great for all ages. Everyone back home loved the pictures. Asiya Shrine highly recommends!
star-5
Wonderful
Evelyn_M
, Jun 2021
Enjoyed the visit to Cockrell Butterfly Conservative. My granddaughters were so excited to see some many butterflies in a beautiful setting.
star-5
Great Experience
Sarah_N
, Jun 2021
We truly enjoyed our visit. It is a great place to be able to sit and observe butterflies while recovering from surgery. It just goes best me joy. We plan on returning.
star-5
Colorful butterflies
Susan_A
, Jun 2021
My eleven year old nieces loved how colorful the butterflies were and watching them flying free in a beautiful environment.

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