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Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans

423 Canal Street
French Quarter
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 581 4629
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The unique Audubon Insectarium exhibits an important but distinctly less cuddly selection of animals. Built inside the carriageway of Canal Street's historic Customs House, the museum seeks to present the six-legged-animal kingdom as fascinating rather than creepy and/or crawly. Since most insects lack human-scale interest, many of the exhibits rely on oversize sculptures to make their points—foot-long termite models or butterflies sporting six-foot wingspans, for example. The various exhibits lead you through a simulated cypress swamp, an oversize living ant farm, and a stunning Japanese garden and koi pond where exotic butterflies flutter free.—Pableaux Johnson

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