Disclosure: I was provided complimentary admission to the Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
If you’ve got a kiddo that loves insects, bugs and all things creepy crawly, you’ve GOT to visit the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion. Bursting with bugs of all kinds, the Insectarium and newly opened Butterfly Pavilion contains more arthopods than your little bug lover could ever imagine. With so many amazing bugs, insects, fish, amphibians, butterflies and other critters to look at (and yes, hold) your kiddo will be in creepy crawly heaven.
The Insectarium was established 25 years ago by Steve Kanya as an offshoot of his exterminating business. His fascination with bugs and desire to educate others eventually developed into a formal bug museum. A few weeks ago, the Insectarium opened the doors to its brand new butterfly pavilion, a lush 7,000 square foot tropical space featuring hundreds of species of stunning butterflies, gorgeous water displays, a fish pond, moss tunnels, a chrysalis display and butterfly feeding areas. In addition to the Butterfly Pavilion, the Insectarium has also expanded its
educational capabilities in the museum space itself, and incorporated several kid-friendly play spaces inside the already impressive live displays of arachnids, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and of course, insects. With the perfect blend of engaging displays, educational material, hands-on activities and a staff that could knock your socks off with their knowledge of critters, the Insectarium is a fantastic place for family visits, but also an extraordinary resource for school groups of all ages.
My family and I had an amazing time at the Insectarium. My son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed exploring the live bug displays, sliding (yes, sliding) through an iguana habitat, pretending to be spiders in the play spider web, and watching butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. We even got to hold hissing cockroaches, millipedes, lizards and tarantulas! I’d like to give a huge shout out to employee Alison, who not only indulged all of my bug snuggling fantasies, but also met my five billion questions with encyclopedia quality knowledge. You’re the best, Alison!
In addition to housing one of the most diverse bug zoos and largest butterfly pavilions in the country, The Insectarium and Butterfly museum also features a fantastic gift shop, a party room, and a brand new cafe and eating area. The facility can also be rented out for weddings and other special events.
The Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is located at 8046 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136. For more information, visit the Insectarium website. You can also stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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