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Xtreme Bugs

May 26, 2018–January 21, 2019

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Come face-to-feet with nearly 20 massive, colorful, moving bugs! From a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a fluffy tri-colored bumblebee to a gigantic Madagascar hissing cockroach and a blood-sucking bed bug, these towering animatronics tell a rarely seen story of the behaviors and intricacies of extreme bugs. Get a bug’s-eye view of the world, explore critter calls, dig for ancient arthropods, and play an Xtreme bug facts game. 

Xtreme Bugs Closing Weekend
January 19–20

Auditorium Show: Bugs on the Big Screen
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

This unique live animal show takes a high-definition look at what makes bugs beautiful, amazing and important. 

Auditorium Show: Meet the Animals
1 p.m.

Meet the furry, feathered and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations and ecosystems. 

Xtreme Education Station

Take a peek at some of the Academy’s superlative specimens from our collections! Learn the difference between an insect, arachnid and true bug, and explore the unique ways these fear-inducing animals navigate the world. 

Invertebrate Cart

Get up close to the Academy's coolest, creepiest, living crawlies at our Invertebrate Tech Cart! See close-up details through a high-powered microscope, examine and touch live bugs, ask an expert and more. 

Buggy Craft

Make and take a craft featuring one of our favorite insects!

Xtreme Bugs Pricing:

  • $7 – nonmembers
  • $4 – Individual and Family members
  • FREE – Family Plus members and above

Member? Click here to learn how to get discounted tickets.

Creature Keeper Creepy Crawly Q&A
Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays
11:45 a.m.
Free with admission to Xtreme Bugs
Are you mad for mantids? Crazy for cockroaches? Enamored by ants? Well, we are too! Meet our knowledgeable, engaging staff and hear all about invertebrate husbandry, biology, and conservation. Meet a real living invertebrate!

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Xtreme Bugs is sponsored by Western Pest Services.
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Xtreme Bugs is also supported by a generous donation from VWR Charitable Foundation