Living With Insect Museums

The Christmas Holidays are fast approaching. Many families use the time away from school and work for activities such as visits to museums or in warmer climates, a zoo. For insect lovers, there are insect zoos and Insectariums.

One of the more unique insectariums is The Insectarium in Philadelphia. It started with people bringing odd insects, spiders and other unusual arthropods to a pest control company. The owner would place the creatures in the display window for public view. It became a popular attraction. People would stop to view the display and when they needed pest control, they would know who to call.

The Insectarium In Philadelphia
Photo: myinsectarium.com

The interest was great enough that the small window displays morphed into a full fledged exhibit. Today the Insectarium boasts that it is the largest insect museum in the country. Displays include live insects and pinned specimens from around the world. There are hands on activities for children and special events planned for the holidays including insect-themed Christmas songs.

For those who are seeking gifts for children, consider a gift of a trip to your local insect museum or zoo. You may encourage your favorite youth to pursue a wonderful career as an Entomologist.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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1 Response to Living With Insect Museums

  1. I want to visit this museum! Maybe next summer if I’m out in Philly again… I’ve wanted to check this out the for awhile now!

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