The American Museum of Natural History is planning an expansion that will include a new insectarium and 21000 square foot collections core. The addition will house a butterfly and insect vivarium and workshop space for activities. The multiyear project is planned for completion and opening in 2020.
Science museums are special places that can collect resources for educational programs about science and our environment. Insects are relatively inexpensive to rear and can be used for demonstration and experimentation in ways that vertebrate animals cannot. In an era where cuts to funding of public schools are reducing the ability to deliver special programming, museums can deliver high quality educational programs that can enhance science education.