We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Insect Lore's Bugseum

132 S. Beech Street, Shafter, CA 93263
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Shafter
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Write a Review

11 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It was a small to medium size show room. I felt their merch was over priced. But it was a great last minute buy for activities to do with your kids or parties. They have since closed their doors and have relocated to Texas. This is no longer a shafter attraction. :(

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I go every year to Insect Lore to get tiny caterpillars for my classroom. I am writing my first bad review on Tripadvisor because Insect Lore deserves it. Yes, the store is very kid friendly and eye catching. It has lots of hands on science kits for children--butterfly gardens, ant hills, ladybug farms, etc. In all the years I have... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bakersfield, California
Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
35 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I took my granddaughters, age 6 and 12, for a visit. They were nearly entranced by the various 'bug' displays. Butterfly breeding is a high priority here. In addition to the various insects, the store sells lots of different science/bug oriented kits, cards and games. Adults can learn a thing or too, also.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Petaluma, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is where you go to get those live butterflys for your celebration. Educational and fun. Great gift shop for the kids to get educational toys for learning about bugs and the outdoors.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Big Green building - cannot miss this right off Shafter Highway. Very interesting to see the butterfly stages. We ended up getting an ant farm that our kids enjoyed watching develop. If you happen to be in North Kern County with your kids - recommend stopping by - you will only need 45 - 60 minutes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kernville, CA
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The main business is breeding butterflies and ladybugs for schools and science - a most interesting process. The museum houses many exotic insects in non-threatening enclosures, and the staff is generous with information and, if you like, bringing a few bugs out for closer inspection.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Bakersfield, California, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

the best part about this place is that it costs nothing to visit. However be sure to bring money to buy stuff because basically it's a store with some bugs in the walls

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Bakersfield, California
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
58 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

One of my son's favorite places to go. We come here every few months just to check out the bugs. On some mornings one of their curators will get out some of the huge roaches or other creepy crawlies for the kids to check out up close. My son loves this! We love watching the ladies in the lady bug... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Bakersfield, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

And by little, it is small, but well worth the trip. It is designed to be mostly a store, however, the bugs are a very nice touch. It is a nice building that really makes you want to go in. Fun little place to take visitors and show off the Bako scenery.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Los Angeles
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

This Bugseum is one building that you literally "Can't Miss!" It is bright yellow and green and covered in giant painted bugs. The Bugseum was massively fun for the children that I was with. They got to experience nature up-close-and-personal, seeing many bugs that they had never seen before. It turns out that the museum is only part of the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 5

Travelers who viewed Insect Lore's Bugseum also viewed

Been to Insect Lore's Bugseum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Insect Lore's Bugseum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?