The Insect Zoo is Open at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo, a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of the
Smithsonian Natural History Museum, is now open! After years of reading the “coming soon” posters, my family excitedly anticipated this unveiling of 15 incredible habitats for over 65 live species of arachnids, centipedes, crustaceans, insects and millipedes. There are also many preserved species, interactive displays, video presentations, hold-the-creepy-crawler opportunities and tarantula feeding demonstrations. The Smithsonian provides a great teacher’s guide that will help enrich your insect experience.

While you are there visit the new Butterfly Pavilion – free on Tuesdays, tickets required all other days, the truly amazing taxidermy in the Hall of Mammals and let the kids play scientist in the Children’s Discovery Room. My kids call the Natural History Museum “The Inside Zoo” and it is their all-time favorite destination. On weekend mornings free street parking is abundant, on weekdays you’ll have to pray to the parking gods, spring for a paid lot or take the Metro.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Open every day of the year except Christmas

Located at the intersection of 10th Street and Constitution Ave. NW on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
Visitor information
Free, except for Butterfly Pavilion Special Exhibit & IMAX Films
Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations
Tuesday-Friday 10:30, 11:30 & 1:30
Saturday-Sunday 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

Crossposted with a confession at DC Metro Moms


  1. Gaaaaaa, that post should have a warning for the squeamish 😉

  2. I think this would be perfect for the Dads to go to 🙂 Not a bug person mommy…

  3. Love the new look on your site. I haven’t checked out blogs in about a week. Looks great.

  4. Thanks for the recommendation – I took Joey today and had a blast… we(I) even got to see the tarantula eat lunch!

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