Join us for the triumphant return of Bug Festival on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.! Enjoy a day full of live insects, awesome entomology collections, and all of the fun and activities you'd expect at a VMNH festival!
What to See and Do
-Live insects and arachnids from the Bayer Insectarium, Virginia Tech, and Exotics & Aquatics! -Madagascar hissing cockroach races! -Flea circus! (Note times below) -Tub-O-Bugs! -Eat a scorpion...and win a pin to prove it to your friends! -Real fossil arthropods dating back to the Triassic period (~226 million years ago)! -Preserved specimens from the museum's invertebrate collections - the largest collection in Virginia! -Stump the Experts: Bring an unusual bug to the festival and have the experts try to identify it and teach you about it! (1 to 2 p.m. only) -Tours of the museum's dermestid beetle colony! (This activity has an additional $3 charge per person, which can be paid at the tour.) -Catching Bugs: Learn how expert entomologists collect and prepare insects for museum collections during live demonstrations! -Bug-themed activities and crafts! -Balloon animals! -Rock climbing wall for kids! *** Please note that the flea circus is approximately 30 minutes per show and 5 shows will take place throughout the festival.
-$7/adult -$5 for ages 3-18 -Free for children under 3 -Free for museum members -Free for members of other ASTC Passport participating museums and science centers.