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“Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey

Insectropolis, the Bugseum of New Jersey
1761 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 349-7090
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Ranked #4 of 11 attractions in Toms River
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Kennedyville, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Bugs, Bugs, Bugs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

We recently visited the bugseum with a group of cub scouts. When we arrived there was a horrendous rainstorm going on outside and due to a short power outage, they had lost ability to process credit cards. We didn't have any cash on us and I was prepared for the girl at the ticket booth to make us wait until systems were restored. Instead, she let us go in and allowed us to pay on the way out, which was greatly appreciated by our group.
Inside, there was a twenty minute presentation on 4 different kinds of insects/arachnids that we all had turns petting and seeing up close(shiver). There are live bugs, pinned bugs, murals of bugs, even a 'mud tube'(carpeted tunnel) the kids can run through and pretend that they are bugs. If you have older kids and take the time to look at all the exhibits and read the captions it should take you 45 minutes to see the museum. If you have younger kids like me, you'll run through that place in about 20-25 minutes. Highlights: a real live beehive(try to find the queen), an ant colony, and a mama scorpion with her babies on her back. Yuk. But a cool yuk.
The gift shop has more bugs(not live, thank goodness) you can take with you. Oh, and it has one of those penny press machines, so be sure to bring along quarters and pennies for the kids. Fun for all, except the squeamish.

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A nice way to spend a rainy day at the Jersey shore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

My three boys aged 6, 8,9 loved it. I was a bit freaked out, but this place isn't intended for my enjoyment. The price was reasonable and the it was good for a day of fun.

Visited July 2012
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Seaside Park, New Jersey
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“Insectopolis Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

I have 6 and 7 year old boys, and I was looking for something fun to do on a rainy day. Insectropolis has many different rooms filled with all types of creepy-crawlies, some alive, some preserved. Visitors can observe a live bee hive and touch scorpions, tarantulas, and cockroaches, which is perfect for the kids. Admission to this unique "museum" is $7 per person, which gives you a discount on your next pest control visit--the company on whose property Insectropolis ironically sits! The staff was patient, kind, and knew their bugs. Well worth the trip.

Visited May 2012
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Monroe NJ
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Cool small Bugmuseum - good place for rainy day at shore area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Took my 12 & 15 yr old sons here on a rainy day. Nice, small bugmuseum. good place for rainy day at shore area. Lots of live spiders, and especially many different kinds of tarantuals. Staff was very friendly. Had a small show that kids got to touch a hissing cockroch, giant millepede, a scorpion(harmless one they said ) and a tarantula.

Visited May 2012
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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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“Bugs that creep you out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

If your kids are not scare of bugs then this is the perfect place to go. You can touch a scorpion, spider and learn so much.

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