“We have had feedback that visitors have heard about the Incredible Insects exhibit and have been coming to the Manitoba Children’s Museum specifically to see the exhibit,” museum director of development Janet McLeod said. “They love the opportunity to touch the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches!”
The Incredible Insects exhibit was put together with the help of the University of Manitoba’s department of entomology and the City of Winnipeg Insect Control Branch.
The exhibit includes everything from displays of both living and preserved insects, to a look at the life cycle of the mosquito. It opened on May 1 and is set to run until Sept. 3. McLeod said since the beginning of May some 38,000 visitors have been through the museum.
“It’s been great. The kids are pretty much not afraid to go close to the insects but usually their parents are standing back and saying ‘ew!’,” McLeod said. But that ‘ew’ and ‘ah’ reaction is part of the charm of having the creepy crawlies at the museum.
“The kids are really excited to see some living critters in the museum,” McLeod said. “And with the museum located at the Forks it’s the perfect place to draw kids in.”
Entomology professor Terry Galloway said working with the museum has been a lot of fun and the perfect outreach project for the university and good experience for U of M students.
“About half a dozen students were involved with the development of this exhibit,” Galloway said. “These students have been instrumental in participating in the development of the exhibit by providing the museum with live insects, pinned insects, and a bee hive.”
The exhibit kicked off with a night of fun and food. Chef’s from six different restaurants cooked up unique insect recipes ranging from delicious mealworm burgers, scrumptious dried cricket cupcakes, and the satisfying one meter long pasta ant.
The Manitoba Children’s Museum is open now until Labour Day, Sept. 3 from 9:30 to 6 p.m.