Bugs are all around us. Whether they’re flying, crawling, or digging deep below our feet, they live fascinating lives that we often don’t see.
They can camouflage themselves as flowers, communicate with flashing lights, and even perform “brain surgery” to turn their prey into zombies. This summer, the Field Museum will give visitors a peek into this hidden world with the new exhibition Fantastic Bug Encounters!, opening June 28, 2019. In this hands-on experience, visitors will discover how bugs’ incredible adaptations are changing the world through interactives, larger-than-life models, and a bug zoo where visitors will be able to see (and even hold) live bugs from all over the planet.
Museum visitors will enter the world of bugs through large-scale, colorful models. The exhibition is built around four immersive chambers, where visitors experience the incredible talents of extraordinary insects. Hands-on interactive experiences let visitors test their reflexes, perform bug brain surgery, and fly their own origami butterflies in a wind tunnel. And bug enthusiasts will get to meet Field Museum scientists and their bugs in a one-of-kind bug zoo that features a dozen live bug species visitors can learn about and even touch.
The exhibition, presented in both English and Spanish, is included with an All Access pass to the Field Museum and will run through April 19, 2020. Fantastic Bug Encounters! was created by New Zealand’s world-famous museum Te Papa, working with five-time Academy Award-winning studio Weta Workshop. Discover and United are proud major sponsors of Fantastic Bug Encounters! Please visit fieldmuseum.org/fantasticbugs for exhibition updates.