Cockrell Butterfly Center

butterfly-1The Cockrell Butterfly Center is housed within the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This facility is made up of two parts, the Brown Hall of Entomology and the Rainforest Conservatory, which contain hundreds of exotic types of butterflies and insects from across the globe.

Upon entering the Hall of Entomology, you’ll be immediately captivated by the horror and magnificence of the collection of specimens inside. It will take a few minutes for the shock and awe of all the bugs to wear off, but then you are ready to explore. Some of the attractions include a collection of insect fossils, live roach terrariums and you can even learn a thing or two from some surprisingly fun educational games. If you were ever wondering, silk is made from caterpillar spit.

The Hall of Entomology will lead directly to the Cockrell Butterfly Center. It’s a three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall that encases hundreds of butterflies and insects. As you enter the exhibit, swarms of dancing butterflies bounce through the air, and you feel as if you were transported into a fairy tale. If you are lucky you can see a museum staff member release some newly transformed butterflies. It is really quite a sight.

Museums are a place for education and appreciation, but the Butterfly Center offers even more. This living tribute to the variety of life around the world is an urban escape. It allows Houstonians to see the natural beauty that the world has to offer without the hefty cost of travel.butterfly-2 butterfly-3 butterfly-4 butterfly-5 butterfly-6 butterfly-7

Insider’s Guide

• The best way to attract the butterflies is to wear bright colors and stand very still.
• Be warned the butterfly center mimics a tropical rainforest, which makes a very humid environment.
• Go on a Thursday! Admission is $2.50 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Admission always includes access to the Cockrell Butterfly center and Brown Hall of Entomology. Here is a link to all other pricing,
http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=56&Itemid=8

Address
5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030

Hours
Monday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking
• Free, There is free 3 hour parking across the street on Herman Park Drive
• Parking Garage attached to museum

Family Friendly
Yes