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Frost Entomological Museum

Pieridae Sulphers at the Frost Entomological Museum on the Penn State campus October 5, 2009.  CDT/Nabil K. Mark
Pieridae Sulphers at the Frost Entomological Museum on the Penn State campus October 5, 2009. CDT/Nabil K. Mark

This is one bug-infested building worth visiting.

Monster silk moths, giant horned beetles, iridescent butterflies and other insect species from Pennsylvania and tropical regions can be seen at the Frost Entomological Museum on the Penn State campus. The free museum, geared toward children and located in the front of the Headhouse III building on Curtin Road, features some of the more than 2 million specimens in the university’s world-renowned research collection.

In addition to several wall cases, the museum includes educational displays such as oversized plastic insect models — OK to touch — and, in warmer months, a transparent bee colony that allows its denizens to come and go as they please.

Named for Stuart Frost, the Penn State entomologist who began the research collection and built it until his 1990 death, the museum usually is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. However, Penn State advises calling 863-2865 to check beforehand during winter and spring.

Once the kids have their fill of creepy crawlies, top off the trip with a cone at the Berkey Creamery across the street. It’s next to the East Deck Parking Garage on Bigler Road, your best bet for parking.

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