O. Orkin Insect Zoo

Children in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo

Students react in a variety of ways to a Madagascar hissing cockroach in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo. Photo 92-4106 by Laurie Minor-Penland, Smithsonian.

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is a special exhibit hall on the 2nd Floor of the Museum where visitors can observe live insects and their many-legged relatives. Volunteers conduct tarantula feeding demonstrations, work with live insects that visitors may touch and hold, and answer questions about the many-legged creatures that live in the O. Orkin Insect Zoo.

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If you like the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, you might also try the Butterfly Pavilion.

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Educators’ Guide (pdf) - For Field Trips: The Teacher's Guide includes a summary of each of the 15 main areas of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, suggested vocabulary, a map for navigating and planning your trip, and a few suggestions for your visit.