Insect Zoos and Museums That Let You Get Up Close and Personal with Bugs
Now most people’s idea of a fun outing is probably not going to an insect zoo where you can touch and hold all the bugs you want or take insect cooking lessons. I’ll admit it; my idea of fun definitely does not include any insects. But there are some places out there turning the idea of looking at bugs into an interactive experience that helps teach people about these bugs in a way that is much more engrossing and entertaining for the students. If you are looking to conquer an insect-related fear you have, these insect zoos and museums would be the place to do it. Here are some of the most innovative and entertaining places to learn about bugs. Who knows? After reading this, you may find yourself curious enough to check one out.
The Insect Zoo at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum lives up to the over-the-top, but glamorous Hollywood city it resides in. The permanent exhibit includes such insect stars as the white-eyed assassin bug. In May the annual Bug Fair is held here, with activities running from bug hunts to cooking classes taught by seasoned bug chefs. You could learn how to whip up some “bugaboo” brownies made with mealworm flour!
The Insect Village at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington is the perfect place to go if you or your child is obsessed with bugs and robots. While the Insect Village has the usual terrariums and butterfly garden, they also have amazing displays of giant mechanical insects. Not only are the giant insect robots really cool looking; they also help show children and adults how invertebrates are put together and understand their strange anatomy.
If you are particularly fond of butterflies, then you definitely want to go to Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, Arizona, which happens to be the largest butterfly pavilion in the country. But you can see much more than butterflies at this place. Some of its other fine features are a 3D theater, tropical fish, spiders, and honeybees. They also feature native species, teaching people about the insects that inhabit what most think of as barren deserts, but which are teaming with life unlike anything found in more lush climates.
Have you ever been to a bug zoo or museum? Where did you go and what was it like?