National Museum of Natural History
10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
2nd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan
Our planet depends upon the vast diversity of hissing, flying, crawling, and pollinating creatures we sometimes call "bugs." The O. Orkin Insect Zoo—the oldest continuously operating insect zoo in the United States, opened in 1976—features many species of live insects, a "nursery" room where visitors can peek at insect larvae and pupae, and lots of opportunities to interact with volunteers and examine insects up close.