Come visit MSU’s Bug House, where you can observe and interact with live insects and arachnids!

Learn about insects at the Bug House''

  • Did you know there are more kinds of beetles in Michigan than there are varieties of birds on Earth? 
  • Did you know that a cricket’s ears are on its knees and flies have taste buds on their feet?
  • How about that an ant can lift 50 times its own weight, the equivalent of a human lifting two small cars?

A visit to the Bug House will explain all these fascinating facts and more. In addition to viewing the amazing pinned displays, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with a whole room of insects, including walking sticks and tarantulas!

Visit our Facebook page to see lots of great photos and keep up-to-date with events and information. You can also view our calendar to see upcoming events. Don’t forget to print our flier.

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Tours and fees

The Bug House is open for tours made by appointment and for the hours of the events listed below. Due to staff and resource limitations, we are NOT open daily. Tours are suitable for all ages and are offered Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment only.

For our regular, 1-hour educational tour for a group of 30 people or less, our rate is $50. This tour includes a 30-minute educational presentation and 30 minutes of viewing the displays and holding live insects and arthropods. Two Bug House guides will oversee the presentation, handling of live arthropods and answer your questions.

For a small group of less than 10 people, we offer a half-hour tour for $20. This tour includes a single Bug House Guide and allows viewing the displays and holding live arthropods (no educational presentation).

Payment must be by check or cash (credit/debit cards are NOT accepted).

All tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance. View our open tour times and make your reservation today by calling 517-355-4662 or emailing

Special open house events for the general public are free, but a donation is greatly appreciated. See the events listed below for upcoming dates. No appointment is necessary for our free open houses.

What's new?

See what else is new with the Bug House by checking out the Bug House News page.

MSU students can volunteer

If you are an MSU Entomology undergraduate or graduate student, you can volunteer to help staff the Bug House by assisting with visitors and working with the insects. For more information and to volunteer, email Gary Parsons at

Upcoming Events

  • Jun 24

    Bee Palooza

    June 24, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM MSU Horticultural Demonstration Gardens MSU Horticultural Demonstration Gardens, 1066 Bogue St., East Lansing, MI 48824

    An afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators

  • Jun 24

    Bug House Open House

    June 24, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM Bug House

    The Bug House will be hosting a free open house during MSU's Bee Palooza.

  • Jul 14

    Bug House Open House

    July 14, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM Bug House

    Our free open houses provide an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure.

  • Aug 11

    Bug House Open House

    August 11, 2018 1:00PM - 4:00PM Bug House

    Our free open houses provide an opportunity to see the Bug House at your own leisure.

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