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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