The Audubon Insectarium opened in New Orleans this past Friday. The new museum is 23,000 square feet of bugs, ironically funded in part by a $2 million donation from Terminix, a “pest control” company. The museum's tagline is “infested with fun.” I’m not making this stuff up, people. There’s a butterfly garden; an exhibit that stars local French Quarter creepy crawlies; and “Bug Appetit,” a café where you can watch videos of local chefs cooking up some buggy dishes. Unfortunately (or otherwise?), insects aren’t actually served in the restaurant. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and $12 for seniors. (Audubon members get a $2 discount.)
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