Golden-silk orbweavers (Nephila claviapes) eating dubia cockroaches.
Bug Museum and Science Shop
Our Bug Museum features THOUSANDS of insects on display including over 100 LIVE animals. Our gift shop features: Toys and Gifts Science projects Robot Kits Diosaur models and replicas Live bug programs Live bug exhibits Mounted Insects Original art Fossils and Minerals
Golden-silk orbweavers (Nephila claviapes) eating dubia cockroaches.
We're open until 5:00 on Labor Day!
Due to tonight's Burning of Zozobra and the resulting traffic and parking issues around the DeVargas Center, we will be closing at 5:00. Have fun everyone!
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Freshly molted golden-silk orb weaving spider, Nephila claviapes. With a leg span of 3-4 inches these are the largest orb weaving spiders in the United States. In the US they are limited to the warm and humid costal regions of the Southeast, ranging from North Carolina to the gulf coast of Texas. In tropical central and South America they are quite common. They have relatives in Asia, Africa, Australia and many Pacific islands that are even larger. They get their name from the golden hue their silk exhibits in the sunshine.
The rarely seen Halloween moon crab! We have a tropical forest terrarium in our gift shop area that houses a crested gecko, giant cave cockroaches, and two of these crabs but the crabs are almost NEVER visible during the day as they are highly nocturnal. Last night as we were closing up I happened to catch this guy at the entrance to his burrow! These crabs are primarily vegetarian and in their native Costa Rica (and other Central American countries) they feed on fallen leaves, fruit and other plant matter. Unlike most land crabs they do not live at the shoreline, they prefer the forest. They do go to the ocean to breed, and their offspring are planktonic at first.
Tax Holiday Sale This Weekend (Aug 2-4) We’re paying the tax on EVERYTHING in our store this weekend, including Museum admissions! We’re right next to the brand-new Office Depot at Devargas Center so take a break from back-to-school shopping and check us out!
Our chocolate chip sea star has captured a hydrometer. How and why is a mystery!
Velvet spider doing...something? One of our more rarely seen spiders, she was out working on her webbing. These odd spiders are also known as “ladybird spiders” because some species sport bright red marking reminiscent of a ladybird beetle (aka “ladybug”). This species is found in the Mediterranean region.
Need a place to hang out on Father’s Day? The Bug Museum is open earlier on Sundays for the summer! 10-5 Sundays, 10-6 the rest of the week.
Time’s fun when you’re having flies! Our new blue poison dart frogs chowing down...
The Journal North did a story about Brunhilde! https://www.abqjournal.com/1322927/universal-shock-and-awe-ex-harrell-house-bug-museum-preserves-massive-goliath-birdeater-tarantula-for-its-collection.html
Harrell House Bug Museum preserves massive Goliath birdeater tarantula for its collection
RIP Brunhilde. I am sad to report that our huge Goliath bird-eating tarantula passed away earlier this month. She was one of our most popular attractions and the largest spider most of our visitors have ever seen. I’ve had her for eight years, and estimate her to have been at least 12 years old at the time of her death. She will be preserved and added to Oliver Greer’s Crawlyood Collection. If you are curious about how Ollie prepares the specimens in his collection you can watch him prepare her today in the Museum around 1:00. We will post pictures after the fact. These are pictures of her following a molt several years ago. I estimate her leg span to be more than 10” but after mounting we will be able to get an accurate measurement.
Our Argentine black and white tegu lizards, Berkeley and Lilly (Lilly is the one being used as a sofa!) Among the largest of South America’s lizards, they can exceed 4 feet in length. Their docile temperaments have caused them to become popular pets in the US where they are frequently bred in captivity. However, these are large lizards and are not good pets for most people unless you have the time, space, and knowledge to take proper care of them. They have become invasive pests in southern Florida because irresponsible pet owners released them when they got too big. Like many of our reptiles, they were donated to us when their original owners could no longer take care of them.
We are open! The construction on Wednesday had us worried about how it would impact Memorial Day weekend and had me feeling a little bit like the mayor from Jaws, but we were fully operational by Thursday! We are open regular hours all weekend and until 5 on Monday. Regular hours (10-6) resume on Tuesday the 28th.
Due to construction, the Bug Museum may be CLOSED on Wednesday, May 22. We may open if they finish in time, but I recommend calling us at (505 )695-8569 to confirm we're open before visiting. Our retail store will be open!
One of our turtles got some fan mail! Chip is an outgoing turtle who made friends with Milo, one of our visitors. Chip is an eastern pained turtle we adopted last year along with another larger and more aggressive turtle. We suspect the other turtle had bullied and bitten Chip as he came to us missing some toes on one foot and several chunks were missing from the front edges of his shell (inspiring his name). We immediately set Chip up in his own tank and now he seems to be thriving! Visitors sometimes ask why we keep so many of our animals by themselves. The truth is most of the creatures we keep are solitary by nature and can be stressed by the too-close presence of others, even of the same species, and will sometimes fight and injure one another. When we do keep animals in groups we must always be in the lookout for signs of aggression or stress and be prepared to split them up. Thanks for the letter Milo!
We’re open Easter from 12-5. Here’s a lungfish selfie!
We were recently featured on this cool video blog! https://youtu.be/EbbcgYRja1U
Traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico with kids and touring the New Mexico State Capitol, visiting the New Mexico History Museum and the Harrell House Bug Museum...
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! In honor of the snakes driven out of Ireland, here’s Tigger, our reticulated python!
Happy Pi-Day! We have the perfect gift for that special geek in your life!
Despite the snow, we are OPEN today! And here’s a centipede eating a cockroach...
Our friend Barbara Riley took a picture of our lungfish, Paul, that reminded me of a certain famous movie poster!
Incidentally, if Jaws had been a lungfish instead of a shark he would have simply inhaled his victims, and chewed them up later at his leisure.
You can see Paul inhale his "victims" (earthworms, and sometimes shrimp) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4:00!
Happy Birthday to our friend David Frankham! We still have your signed posters hanging in the The Bug Museum!
That looks kinda like a heart right??❤️
Happy Valentines Day!
Happy Groundhog Day!
We’re open extended hours (10-6)on Sunday the 23rd for your last minute shopping needs (the museum is open too!) We’re also open until 4:00 on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. We will be open regular hours on Wednesday the 26th!
One of our Venus flytraps flowered! You can also see the remains of a sundew flower as well.
We have a lot of great jewelry just in time for Christmas! Come on by and see it yourself in the store, or if you don’t live in Santa Fe and see something you like just send us a message!
Sam the lizard chowing down on leftover turkey. Not sure if he likes it better than his usual dinner of rats!
We’re more than a museum, we’re also a store! We’re loaded up for the holidays with unique gifts for all ages. We have more dinosaur toys than anybody in town! We have microscopes, puzzles, novelty gifts, mounted insects, jewelry and more! Plus all kinds of cool stocking stuffers under $10, including a selection of edible bugs for just $3 each! Check us out at the new and improved DeVargas Center!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We're closed today but we're open tomorrow regular hours, 10-6!
More creepy/cool jewelry just in time for Halloween!
Are Halloween presents a thing? The bat pendant already sold, but we’ve also got this DRAGON! It’s got sterling silver wings and a shibuichi body. This one can also be worn with the head down so the wings are open. Detailed pics in the comments! Wingspan is about 3 inches. Available in our gift shop for $100 and we can ship for a small additional fee! Message us if interested. We only have one!
Our new fish! This albino Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) was brought in as a rescue yesterday afternoon. Luckily we had an aquarium that was empty and with the help of a local aquarist we were able to get this guy or gal set up quickly. Now on display in the gift shop area!
We Will Be Closing Early (4:00 PM) on Friday, August 31
Because of its proximity to the Burning Of Zozobra event Friday evening, the parking lot at DeVargas Center becomes jammed and it difficult to get in or out of the area and we and many other DeVargas businesses will be closing at 4. We will be open normal hours (10:00-6:00) Saturday September 1st
We will be open until 5:00 Labor Day (Monday, Sept 3rd)
The other day I was making the rounds misting critters before opening and I heard a noise from our Indian ornamental tarantula (Poecilotheria regalis) exhibit. Normally we don’t house tarantulas together because they tend to be cannibalistic; but ornamentals are known to be more tolerant of each other than most and this is a male and female pair we are hoping to breed. They have been living together for nearly a year. At this point I would have assumed that they were done breeding and that the male was nearing the end of his life as male tarantulas usually don’t live much more than a year after maturity. However, here he was tapping at the female which is part of their courtship, and she responded! I don’t think this attempt was successful but hopefully there will be an egg sac eventually.
We will be CLOSED on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4th! Open regular hours the rest of the week.
It’s that time again! Our big Goliath female molted on Wednesday! I don’t think her leg span has gotten much bigger, but her overall bulk has increased dramatically.
This is a final look at our old location! We’ll start tearing it down today and be open at the new location by Friday, April 27th!
It’s our last weekend in our current space! Last chance to see us in this arrangement, and at our current prices! We’ll be closed Monday, April 23 and reopen at the new place by April 27 (hopefully sooner!).
THE BUG MUSEUM IS MOVING!
We will be closed from Monday, April 23rd through Thursday, April 26
We will reopen at our new location on Friday, April 27th! We are moving two doors down inside the DeVargas Center into the old Hasting's space which we will be sharing with the Travelers Market. We are open regular hours at or current location through Sunday, April 22.
The new space will be more than TWICE the size of our current space! Oliver Greer will have an additional 1,500 insects on display, and we will adding new live animal exhibits as well as expanding the displays of our existing animals. Details to come!
The Bug Museum got a surprise visitor yesterday! Neil deGrasse Tyson and his family stopped in to check out some bugs! Of course, selfies happened!
We'll be closed on April 1st. Happy Easter!
Hermit crab eating fresh coconut! If you have pet hermit crabs I highly recommend fresh foods, they’re omnivores and their diet in captivity should reflect that. Most commercial diets are shrimp-based which is fine for their protein needs but they also like fresh greens and fruit. Coconut is especially appreciated!
552 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM
1 mile from train station
We are located at the DeVargas Center mall, next to the Traveller's Market. Our Bug Museum features thousands of mounted specimens and more than 200 live animal exhibits, including reptiles and amphibians! In our store we offer toys and gifts related to natural history, science, dinosaurs and animals. Products include dinosaur models, robot and science kits, mounted insects, original art, fossils and more. We also offer programs featuring live bugs at your location for schools, museums, day care centers, birthday parties and other venues. We also set up exhibits for special events. Be sure to check out the blog (www.harrellhouse.com) for new items, movie reviews and more!
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