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Engage with scientists in a working lab, get an up-close look at a live bug zoo, and experience the beauty and wonder of the often hidden world of insects through an immersive multimedia display in Science Up Close: Incredible Insects!

Learn about bees, butterflies, beetles, and the important role the more than 5.5 million insect species play in our environment when you chat with entomologists and bug enthusiasts from across the University of Florida campus. Hold live insects in the exhibit and sample delicacies featuring edible insects!

logoScience Up Close: Incredible Insects

Exhibit Opens May 25

This dynamic exhibition series, Science Up Close, showcases research and collections from the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida in a whole new way. Take a unique look behind the scenes, interact with scientists while they work and explore some of the Museum’s coolest specimens and objects to discover why they are relevant for people today.

In the second themed installment, Incredible Insects, guests can engage one-on-one with entomologists in the working lab and learn about all they do! Visitors will have opportunities to interact with live bugs from Florida, view a busy ant colony at work and learn all about the insects that live among us. Relax in the library nook with games and books or see how you measure up against world-record-holding bugs. Live programming, touchable objects and interactive technology offer engaging experiences for all ages.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Museum members event

This event is for members only. Due to the popularity of member preview events we are not able to accommodate extra guests. Invitation and RSVP information are emailed to members.

RSVP is required by Tuesday, May 14.

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This exhibit was produced in collaboration with UF’s Entomology and Nematology Department and is sponsored in part by UF Student Government and Florida Division of Arts and Culture.


Name: Kali Geiger, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2086

Email: kgeiger@floridamuseum.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

Website: View Venue Website

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