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Everything You Need to Know About the Cockrell Butterfly Center

April 22nd, 2016 by Pamela Murski

Cockrell Butterfly Center

Find your way to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and spend a day exploring the Cockrell Butterfly Center.  Kids of all ages will be in awe of the over 1,500 exotic butterflies who call the center home.  The 3-story glass structure of the Cockrell Butterfly Center mimics a rainforest environment and houses a 50-foot waterfall.  Before you head to the museum, find out everything you need to know about the Cockrell Butterfly Center.

Spend a Day at the Cockrell Butterfly Center

The Cockrell Butterfly Center, which opened in 1994, is a living butterfly habitat home to hundreds of species and preserved specimens.  The walk-through interactive experience is like no other.  You’ll be up close and personal with the butterflies as they land on the exotic plants, fly through the air and may even land on you.  A tour can take as little or as long as you like.  Before you begin, don’t forget to pick up a butterfly guide to help you identify the butterflies as they fly by.  Just a few examples of the butterflies you might encounter include the Rice Paper butterfly, the Green Triangle Kite butterfly, and the Julia butterfly.

To learn more about the butterfly life cycle from egg to adult and all things bugs, be sure to visit the Brown Hall of Entomology.  Beneath the butterfly habitat on the lower level is a section called Insects and Us.  Kids will enjoy learning all about entomologists, playing games and have the opportunity to eat a bug at the bug vending machine.  The upper level houses The Amazing World of Arthropods.  Everything you ever wanted to know about insects can be found in this interactive exhibit.  Discover giant wasp’s nests, watch ants at work, see mounted specimens and catch a glimpse of Houston’s largest cockroaches.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Admission to the center is $9.00 for adults and $8.00 for children and seniors.  Members of the Houston Museum of Natural Science only pay $4.00 admission.  The last entrance to the Cockrell Butterfly Center is 1 hour before the museum closes.  Other exhibits to tour when visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science include the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, and many more halls of natural science exhibits.

Start Planning Your Trip!

A trip to the Cockrell Butterfly Center is a perfect day trip from our beautiful B&B here in Brenham, Texas.  The Murski Homestead bed and breakfast offers a relaxing experience in the Texas countryside.  We offer 4 rooms each unique in their décor.  Unwind after a long day in our outdoor spa complete with hot tub with over 100 pulsating jets.  We begin each morning with a Homestyle breakfast.  You can choose a self-serve breakfast or choose to have your breakfast delivered right to your room.  Before you set out on your getaway to Murski Homestead, be sure to download our free Washington County Vacation Guide.  This guide is filled with free information on where to eat, where to shop, and what to do while visiting.  For reservation information or to inquire about our current specials, call us at 979-830-1021.




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