Located within the Houston Museum of Natural Science the Cockrell Butterfly Center intends to teach the whole family about a whole range of anthropods, insects and lizards. The Center is home to a large Butterfly Habitat which you are free to walk through and various entertaining and interactive exhibits.
Things to Do
- There is no doubt that the Center's highlight is its Rainforest Conservatory. This three story glass structure houses numerous types of butterfly species which are free to fly around the area of the Conservatory. There is also a fifty foot water fall designed as the Conservatory's centerpiece
- A number of exhibitions surround the butterfly habitat that are worth checking out. Down the stairs below the habitat is the "Land of the Beeyond" which is aimed at younger visitors and also the "Insects & Us" exhibit which explores all kinds of issues to do with insects and bees.
- The Upper floor's "Amazing World of Anthropods" exhibit includes the Chrysalis Corner where you can watch butterflies go through their transformation and break free from their chrysalis.
- Throughout all the exhibits there various quizzes and games to keep you and your family entertained.
Cockrell Butterfly Center Insider Tips
- Remember that no food or strollers are allowed in the center. You are not allowed to touch the butterflies either although if you are lucky one might choose to land on you!
- The Butterfly Center is right across the street from Hermann Park so you can make this a destination either before or after you enjoy a picnic in the Park's pleasant surroundings.