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Best use of $3

The insect zoo is really interesting. It's not huge, but bugs aren't huge, so they fit in a lot in... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2019
Michaela M
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Peotone, Illinois
Pretty cool and educational

We had some time to kill before meeting some friends and decided to check this place out. I think... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2018
friday2322
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Wichita, Kansas
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

We had some time to kill before meeting some friends and decided to check this place out. I think it was $3 per adult to enter and kids were a little less. They have some different insects that you can hold, which is kind of cool. They have several displays with live insects in them. It depends on how interested you are in insects but I think we spent about 45 minutes there, I'm sure kids could stay longer but it is a fairly small building. Overall it's worth a stop if you are in town.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

One of our favorite things to do for an hour. Educational and fun. You can hold some on the insects if you wish. In the spring and summer, the gardens are beautiful to see also.

Date of experience: February 2018
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kiffnie, Manager at Kansas State University Insect Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2018

thanks for the review!

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

We spent a day of our spring break in Manhattan and decided to check out the Insect Zoo. WOW this place is definetly worth your time. The staff was super knowledgeable, and eager to help answer all our questions. We spent over an hour there and could have easily been there longer. The place is set up for all ages to learn and enjoy from small children to adults. We were able to hold hissing cockroaches and even ate chocolate covered crickets. A fun experience.

Date of experience: March 2018
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kiffnie, Manager at Kansas State University Insect Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2018

Thanks for the great review!

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

Arrived at the Insect Zoo during a recent daytrip. My 16 year old son decided the first stop in Manhattan would be the Insect Zoo, as he has a thing for "nature". We were unable to talk mom and the two girls into going in for the tour. . We paid the $3.00 each and began the self directed tour. . .
First, realise this is a zoo, not a museum (the latter has static, dead insects in white cotton-bedded eternity, and the other has cages of living roaches, spiders, beetles and other things generally seen in National Geographic documentaries.
Second, if you not already inclined to entomology, work on keeping an open mind, and you will discover a world of fascinating creatures on display. Even critters you might otherwise find frightening or repulsive, take on an intriguing character when on display.
We walked around for about 90 minutes and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The staff was quite helpful, and was patient in answering questions that they had undoubtedly been asked many times before. The insects are displayed by type and some are better viewed using the small flashlights attached to some of the cages.
The highlight of our tour was the living beehive on display, or the petting zoo,whereupon we held two very large roachs, including a Madagascar Hissing Roach (yes indeed, they really do "hiss" when stroked). I conquered a fear of holding a palm size roach and my son got to watch his father try something I vowed I wouldn't do. . .
By the time we left, my wife and girls were amazed at how much fun we had had "looking
at bugs" and seemed envious of the time we spent..This all turned out to be the highlight of the trip and easily best 6 dollar's I've spent in a while.
A big thanks to the staff and director for a great afternoon.

Date of experience: March 2018
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kiffnie, Manager at Kansas State University Insect Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review!

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

The KSU Insect Zoo is for those people who have some level of interest in insects. They may love them or hate them or just have some level of fascination. It is a relatively small museum; however, insects are, themselves, small; therefore, it doesn't take a lot of room to display them. The zoo costs ($3 per person) which tends to make people stop and think if it is worth the entry fee. In my opinion, it is well worth it, especially if you have children with you. They (and you) will enjoy exhibits of the many different types of insects, from giant cockroaches, to butterflies, to large spiders. They even have a fascinating active bee hive connected to the outside. You can watch the bees coming and going and see the inside of the hive, amazing. Visitors can even buy a live tarantula (small) if you are so inclined. Anyway, I can definitely recommend the Insect Zoo. For out-of-town visitors, it might be a little tricky to find so look for the KSU Gardens in the north west corner of the campus; the zoo is located in the gardens. Actually that makes the zoo even more attractive because you can enjoy the beautiful garden area (free) before or after visiting the zoo. Finally free parking for the zoo is in the north area of the gardens and it is a short, flat stroll to the zoo.

Date of experience: July 2017
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