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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

At a Glance

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 Insect Zoo.

Tarantula Feeding Demonstrations

  • Monday-Friday 10:30, 11:30 & 1:30  
  • Saturday-Sunday 11:30, 12:30 & 1:30

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

    Expand Your Experience

    Educators’ Guide (pdf) - For Field Trips The Teacher's Guide includes a summary of each of the fifteen 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.

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