Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston, TX - butterfly

I have a deep love for animals, so any museum that combines learning with wildlife is my ideal destination, and this museum truly lives up to my expectations.

I've had the pleasure of visiting the Cockrell Butterfly Center on multiple occasions, and each visit has offered a fresh and exciting experience.

While the admission fee might seem relatively high, with $25.00 for adults and $16.00 for children, I understand that maintaining the enclosure and caring for the animals requires significant investment. Hence, I gladly support such places with higher admission prices.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center offers a wealth of entertainment for the entire family, all while delivering valuable educational content.

My personal highlight at the center is strolling through the live butterfly habitat, observing thousands of butterflies in their natural surroundings. Additionally, the rainforest conservatory is a must-visit, boasting a stunning 50-foot waterfall and exotic plant life.

Beyond the butterflies, the museum provides interactive games and quizzes suitable for both adults and children.

Property Amenities

  • Good For Kids
  • Offers Military Discount
  • Gender-Neutral Restrooms
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Children's Areas
  • Rest Areas
  • Adequate Parking Facilities
  • Trained Staff
  • Good for Groups
  • Takes reservations
  • Large group friendly
  • Walking trails
  • Group Events
  • Safety and Accessibility
  • Natural environment
  • Social interactions
  • Amusement & Theme Park
  • Family Reunions
  • Membership
  • Collections
  • Exhibitions
  • Exotic live insects
  • Texas wildlife
  • Rent the Museum

Category / Type

  • Adventure
  • Family-friendly
  • Photography and Art
  • Historical
  • Educational Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Fun
  • Nature & Parks
  • Art/Mural
  • Nature Trail
  • Education Center
  • Museum
  • Natural Science

Ticket and Passes

  • Online Ticket
  • Mobile Ticket
  • Membership Options

Modes of Payment

  • Cash
  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Contactless Payments

Rules / Policies

Masks Required
Staff Wears Masks
Age Restriction
Open to All
Own Container allowed
Free Cancellation
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Covid-19 Precautions
Group Size
A group size of at least ten individuals.


Is the butterfly center accessible?

Yes, the butterfly center is fully accessible.

Can I touch the butterflies?

We respectfully request that visitors avoid touching the butterflies, plants, and any other wildlife present in the butterfly center.

Can I take pictures in the butterfly center?

Visitors to the butterfly center are welcome to take photos and videos. However, it's important to note that tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted inside.

Is there a specific schedule or timeframe for accessing the butterfly center?

To ensure a smooth experience and accommodate our high demand, we kindly request that all visitors arrive at the designated entry time on their tickets. However, once you've entered the rainforest, you're free to explore at your own pace for as long as you wish.

Cockrell Butterfly Center 2 reviews

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  • John Smith

    Enjoy an engaging and interactive encounter with butterflies as they flutter around you and even land on your shoulders. While the butterfly exhibit offers a unique experience, it’s worth noting that the variety of butterflies on display is limited. Visitors typically spend a maximum of one hour inside the enclosure. Unfortunately, accessibility for wheelchair users is somewhat challenging despite the presence of elevators. The pathways around the enclosure do not provide adequate support for wheelchair users.

  • Olivia

    This location offered excellent value for the money spent, making it a worthwhile experience. My children thoroughly enjoyed it, and we found it to be a great deal. The attraction featured a fascinating array of insects and spiders, accompanied by informative displays before entering the butterfly habitat. Being amidst the butterflies was a particularly enchanting experience. In total, we spent approximately 2.5 hours exploring, and I wholeheartedly recommend this place to others seeking an enjoyable and educational outing.

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Contact Information

PJC5+VV Houston Museum District, Houston, TX, USA


Operating Hours

Business Hour

  • Monday
    12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday
    10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday
    10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday
    10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:00 am - 06:00 pm