The kids will bug you to take them to the Philadelphia Insectarium, a fascinating museum that is designed to educate the ... More
The kids will bug you to take them to the Philadelphia Insectarium, a fascinating museum that is designed to educate the public about the wonderful world of insects. The goal of the museum is to show the critical role that insects play in the balance of nature, the environment and our economy. There are two floors of live and mounted insects from around the globe, a tank inhabited by glow-in-the-dark scorpions, a working beehive and a live termite colony. The big hit with kids is a glass-enclosed kitchen crawling with thousands of cockroaches.
My kids love bugs, so it was only natural that we headed to the Insectarium. We knew from reading reviews that it was only 2 floors of specimens, so we weren't expecting to spend an entire day or even afternoon there. But we didn't expect to spend less than an hour! The first of the two floors (the 2nd floor of the building) has loads of mounted specimens and exhibits. There are some fascinating and enormous creatures. There is a contained kitchen in the middle of the room that has live cockroaches running around, which is kinda cool.
The second floor has lovely muraled walls and live specimens, but the children were only allowed to pet one of them (a giant cockroach), even though they really wanted to pet a tarantula or other cool critter. There are a few activities on this floor that capture the children's interest for about 15 minutes, but then they're asking what's next. Nothing.
If you're in the area, and your kids love bugs, then the museum is worth checking out. It's not worth driving more than 30 minutes to, and the admission fee is pricey given how limited the features are and how little time it takes to get through the museum (under an hour). We paid $35 for our family of five — two adults and three children (ages 2, 5 and 7). There was no reduced price for our youngest child, which I found strange.
I'm glad we went, but we won't go again.
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