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Cockrell Butterfly CenterAug 01, 2007 - Dec 31, 2015
Public Pricing
Adult Tickets$8.00
Child Tickets$7.00
College (with ID) Tickets$7.00
Senior (62+) Tickets$7.00
Member Pricing
Adult Tickets$4.00
Child Tickets$4.00
Brown Hall of Entomology at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

Explore the Insect Wing!

The Cockrell Butterfly Center is well known for its gorgeous walk-through butterfly habitat - but there is much more to explore in the world of insects! Visit the exhibitions surrounding the rain forest conservatory for an in-depth look at arthropods.

Upper Level: The Amazing World of Arthropods!

Marvel at astounding living insects, spectacular mounted specimens, larger-than-life models, and interactive games. Search for camouflaged insects, 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 much, much more!

Chrysalis Corner
Witness butterflies emerge! This unique exhibit showcases the remarkable transformation of many species of butterfly. Watch them break of their chrysalis and begin to expand their wings. If you're lucky, you may see our entomologists release them into the rain forest!

Lower Level: Explore an Entomologist's Lab!

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. 

Insect Vending Machine
Arthropods can make a tasty snack! Learn how different cultures incorporate insects into their diets, and then try it out for yourself with a tasty snack from this unusual vending machine.

Main Level: The Land of Beeyond

Perfect for families for little ones who are "knee high to a grasshopper"! In this immersive insect environment, kids can play in a giant beehive, make insect rubbings, put together puzzles, or enjoy insect picture books.

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