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!
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).
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.
- MSU's Bug House teaches visitors to appreciate critters -- see pictures and read article from The State News.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bug House Events
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.