Experience Nature At The Cockrell Butterfly Center

Cockrell Butterfly Center

If there’s one animal that believes in reincarnation, it’s the caterpillar. Wouldn’t we all like to wrap ourselves in a cocoon of blankets and reappear more beautiful than before?

The butterfly, one of nature’s most exquisite insects, is always there when we’re having a bad day at school or a difficult week at work. Maybe you see one on your drive home or perhaps you get a glimpse of one as you’re walking to your car. Regardless, when you see those bright and colorful wings appear, you’re certain to stop in your tracks, maybe for just a moment, to enjoy the view.

A Living Butterfly Habitat

At the Cockrell Butterfly Center in the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you can take a closer look at the life of a butterfly by exploring the living butterfly habitat. Here, you can enjoy getting up close with nature in a variety of different ways.

For instance, the Rainforest Conservatory provides a gorgeous waterfall surrounded by a three-story glass structure. Filled with exotic plants and unique butterflies, the waterfall is a perfect place to capture pictures and see the wonders of nature.

More to Love

At the Cockrell Butterfly Center, you’ll find more than just butterflies. In fact, visitors can take advantage of the following:

  • Rainforest Conservatory
  • Wing It!
  • Pollinator Gardening
  • Thrilling Thursdays
  • Friday Feeding Frenzy
  • Brown Hall of Entomology

There’s plenty to love at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. In fact, we’re certain you’ll enjoy the Brown Hall of Entomology where you can learn fascinating facts about insects. This walk-through is a perfect place for parents to teach their kids about the importance of insects, gardening, and more.

Special Events

The Cockrell Butterfly Center offers numerous special events for visitors to enjoy. The following is a breakdown of frequent events:

  • Wing It! – On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., you can watch brand new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises for the first time. In addition to this, visitors can hear entomologists answer questions about butterflies.
  • Thrilling Thursdays – On Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., guests can see the tarantula collection up close. Don’t worry, they’re not scary!
  • Friday Feeding Frenzy – On Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m., you can watch the staff of the Cockrell Butterfly Center feed their live animal collection


Ticket prices for the Cockrell Butterfly Center are as follows:

  • Adult: $9.00
  • Child: $8.00
  • College Student (with ID): $8.00
  • Senior (Age 62+): $8.00

For members, the prices are:

  • Adult: $4.00
  • Child: $4.00

Purchase your tickets for the Cockrell Butterfly Center today.

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