The new Bug Museum recently opened its doors at The Harrell House of Natural Oddities in Santa Fe. The museum will eventually feature over 7,000 species of mounted insects, from the private collection of Oliver “Ollie” Greer. The museum also has a variety of live insects, including tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes and more.
Greer has been collecting insects since he was ten years old, when he found a pepsis wasp. He plans to place the wasp on display, like other businesses display their first dollar.
Greer’s current collection, which he calls “a window to the world” includes 2,400 species. Featured specimens include a pair of giant birdwing butterflies, a goliath birdeater tarantula, and a Pervian giant whip spider. Greer collects some of the species himself, and receives donations of specimens. However, he purchases the majority of the insects a on the international market.
Museum hours are:
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm.
The museum is located in DeVargas Mall, 177 B Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe NM 87501. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
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