Come visit MSU’s Bug House, where you can see, touch or even hold some real creepy crawlers!

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.

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 offered with an appointment Monday through Friday for all ages in groups of 30 or less. Please schedule at least one week in advance. There is a $50 fee for a 1-hour tour. 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.

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

Bug House Events

  • Apr 9

    Bug House Open House

    April 9, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM Bug House

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

  • Apr 14

    Bug House Open House

    April 14, 2018 10:00AM - 5:00PM Bug House

    Tour the Bug House for free during the MSU Science Festival!

  • May 14

    Bug House Open House

    May 14, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM Bug House

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

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