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

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the new Omicron variant, we have decided to cancel our Holiday Open House, as well as any in person events, for the remainder of 2021. We are very sorry to do this, and we thank you for your patience.


Bug House Virtual Tour:

You can still learn about and experience insects and other arthropods at the MSU Bug House with our two-part video tour.


Pandemic Safety:

For the safety of our visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bug House facility remains closed for in-person events. However, we invite you to engage with us virtually by watching our posted videos and checking out our posted links. Please check back for updates as to when we may again be able to accommodate in-person tours and visitors. Thank you for your patience and stay safe!

Hey everybody!

Meet Freddie, aka Spider Girl! For the next couple of weeks, we'll be featuring Freddie's videos about her favorite arachnids. Watch the first video below to meet Freddie and learn about her hobby! Follow Freddie on Facebook @spidergirl319.


Learn about insects at the Bug House! Where science and fun meet!


Located on the ground floor of the Natural Science Building, The Bug House features stunning specimen displays and a menagerie of live insects and arachnids -- including beetles, tropical cockroaches, and tarantulas!

Visit our FacebookInstagram, or Twitter pages to keep up-to-date with The Bug House. Don’t forget to print our flier!

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All tours must be scheduled at least one week in advance. All payments must be by check or cash. No credit cards accepted.

Inquire about our available tour times and make your reservation today by calling 517-355-4662 or emailing 

The Bug House is open for tours made by appointment. 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 20-minute educational presentation and two 20 minute-rotations for viewing the displays and holding live insects and arthropods.
  • We also offer half-hour "mini-tours" for $20. The mini-tour includes viewing the displays and holding live arthropods (no educational presentation).



No time for a tour? No problem! The Bug House provides a variety of free open house events during evenings and weekends for the general public throughout the year. No appointment is necessary for our free open houses. See the "Events" tab above for a list of upcoming open houses!

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Attention MSU Students! You can apply to work or volunteer in the Bug House! For more information, email Gary Parsons at or Amanda Lorenz-Reaves at