Cockrell Butterfly Center - Houston Museum of Natural Science

Exterior of Glass Butterfly Exhibit

Cockrell Butterfly Center | Houston Museum of Natural Science Website
Houston, Texas (Harris County)
Photo Credit: TEXScout / Texas Film Commission

The Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a stunning, living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting. During a typical visit, one can expect to see 50 to 60 different species of the world’s largest and most colorful butterfly species, flying through the balmy air, hovering over flowers or sipping fruit juice – and occasionally, landing on visitors!"

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Films Featured

  • Boyhood (2014)

    • In Boyhood, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) takes Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) and Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) on a fun-filled day trip highlighting many Downtown Houston attractions. Their first stop is the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This three story permanent exhibit is home to hundreds of free-flying butterfly species. As seen in the film, visitors can walk amongst the tropical rainforest habitat and often serve as a lucky landing site for the delicate winged creatures.

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As Seen In Film

Movie still of Man and children exploring the exhibit
© Detour Filmproduction
Waterfall within the Butterfly Center
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by Urban.Houstonian
Movie still of a butterfly sitting on a child's arm
© Detour Filmproduction
Interior of the Butterfly Center
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by Urban.Houstonian