Do your kids like to go out in the backyard and examine the “bugs?” Do they get excited about finding a worm on the sidewalk or admire an intricate spider web? If so, then your family shouldn’t miss the newest and biggest insect exhibit at the Houston Health Museum, Backyard Monsters.
What is Backyard Monsters?
A 6,000 square foot adventure into the world from the point of view of a bug!
You will find arachnids in natural backyard settings, interactive educational modules and a collection of insect specimens from around the world.
An animatronic tour guide, Professor Buzz McFly, who will give museum visitors an overview about the insects, specimen cases and exhibit they are about to see.
Visit the giant robotic bugs which are 6 – 12 foot state-of-the-art robotic figures including a tarantula, tomato caterpillar, paper wasp, monarch butterfly, two fighting beetles and a suspended static dragonfly with a 10 foot gossamer wing-span.
The exhibit includes an exotic insect collection with hundreds of exotic insects are scientifically displayed, classified and labeled and is considered one of the finest insect collections in the world.
The Insect Specimen Cases include beetles, butterflies, moths, arachnids, camouflage insects and insect lore. Interactive displays offer hands-on modules that give visitors a bug’s perspective of life.
There are ten different stations that include activities such as a joystick to make a robotic insect walk, puzzles about insect body parts, views of insect internal systems, and opportunities to imitate insect sounds.
This exhibit has been endorsed by the Entomological Society of America.
Don’t wait too long to see what you have been stepping on as the display is only available for a limited time, In the Health Museum in the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery, January 23 through May 9.
About the Health Museum
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, commonly referred to as The Health Museum, is a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and is located in Houston’s Museum District.
Address: 1515 Hermann Drive Houston, TX 77004.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday,
Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission: $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 – 12 and senior adults.
Museum members and children two years of age and under are admitted free.
Group discount rates and school field trip information are available by calling 713-521-1515, ext. 121. For information about the Museum or its programs, please call 713-521-1515 or visit their website.
In addition to the special event, Backyard Monsters, the museum has also added You: The Exhibit: a highly interactive look at the physical, psychological and future you, and the McGovern 4D Theater, Houston’s only 4D theater, where 3D films and environmental effects like wind, rain, fog and lightning combine to create a memorable experience.