As much as we adults lament the “peskiness” of insects, they are endlessly fascinating creatures and worthy of respect. Without insects, our food supply would be in grave danger. These mysterious creatures are fascinating to children as well.
If you and your children want to learn more about insects, check out some of these INSECT MUSEUMS dedicated to bug fans everywhere. You can make it a stop on your summer vacation.
- Oregon Zoo, Portland: Has an African millipede that’s 9 inches long (HUGE for an insect). http://www.oregonzoo.org
- Los Angeles National History Museum: Insect hynts, puppet walks and cooking demonstrations with bug chefs. Try BUGABOO BROWNIES made from mealworm flour. http://www.nhm.org
- Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Insect Village: Mechanical Insect displays and walking stick bugs among the highlights. http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Zoology Dept: Largest collection of Praying Mantises and Dung Beetles. http://www.cmnh.org
- Butterfly House and Insectarium,Texas Discovery Garden, Dallas: Huge variety of tropical and near-tropical butterflies. http://www.texasdiscoverygardens.org
- Fossil Beds National Monumnet, CO: Largest collection of insect fossils in the world. http://www.nps.gov/flfo
- Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC: Though not an insect, Orb-weaving spiders are the main attraction. http://www.lifeandscience.org
- Insectropis, Toms River, NJ: Interactive exhibits and a place to donate living bugs you don’t want to keep at home. http://www.insectropolis.com
9. Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, AZ: The largest butterfly pavilion in the US. http://www.butterflywonderland.com
10. Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA: Touch, eat, and learn about our multi-legged friends.
Why not “scratch your itch” and learn more about insects.