Harrell House Bug Museum

Harrell House Bug Museum 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
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I'm doing a program for the Bugfest Virtual Infestation! Note that the time listed (5:00!) is Eastern Standard time so i...
09/18/2020
Giant Bugs Attack! Insects and Arachnids at the Movies | Programs and Events Calendar

I'm doing a program for the Bugfest Virtual Infestation! Note that the time listed (5:00!) is Eastern Standard time so if you're here in New Mexico it will be at 3:00 PM!

https://naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest_program/giant-bugs-attack-insects-and-arachnids-at-the-movies/

Bug Museum owner and monster movie fan Wade Harrell will be showing off a variety of live arthropods that have made appearances in movies and TV over the years. Cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions and more have all been movie stars, menacing everyone from Harry Potter to James Bond as well as starrin...

The Bug Museum is OPEN at 25% capacity, including Labor Day! Even at reduced capacity there has not been a wait to get i...
09/03/2020

The Bug Museum is OPEN at 25% capacity, including Labor Day! Even at reduced capacity there has not been a wait to get in so far, so come on in! We also have a lot of exciting products in our gift shop, including new mounted insects, fossils, minerals, and meteorites. We can also ship any of these products so if you see something you like message us or call (505)695-8569!

09/02/2020

We’re here to clean the inside of your screen!

08/15/2020

I managed to get a close-up video of the hissing cockroach mites, Androlaelaps shaeferi!

08/15/2020

The symbiotic mites are really easy to see on a freshly molted hissing cockroach! They feed mainly on cockroach saliva as they drool a lot when they eat. They also eat any organic debris on the cockroach which helps prevent mold.

08/12/2020

Sea star (aka “starfish”) eating some krill, or at least passing it to the mouth. People are often surprised to learn that these peaceful-looking creatures are actually voracious predators! While this video is not exactly action-packed, it is mesmerizing in a gross sort of way! Our chocolate-chip sea star has 5 arms like most species but some have more. They actually move around on their many tube feet which you can see in action in this video. They also use them to capture prey, which in the wild is usually clams, scallops, mussels, oysters and other slow or sessile invertebrates. They actually evert their stomachs to digest their prey (not seen in this video)

We will be CLOSED on Saturday for Independence Day. Have a safe and happy 4th!
07/03/2020

We will be CLOSED on Saturday for Independence Day. Have a safe and happy 4th!

“Caramel” the Boa is especially photogenic today! You can even see the ‘C’ shaped mark on her back. It stands for “Caram...
06/19/2020

“Caramel” the Boa is especially photogenic today! You can even see the ‘C’ shaped mark on her back. It stands for “Caramel” of course!

06/05/2020

We’re open 11-5 Monday through Saturday and 12-5 Sunday! Thank you for wearing a mask!

We're opening starting Monday, June 1st! Click the link details to see the precautions we're taking.
05/30/2020
The Bug Museum is opening June 1st! — Harrell House

We're opening starting Monday, June 1st! Click the link details to see the precautions we're taking.

The Bug Museum will be opening back up June 1st from 11:00-5:00! Regular hours will hopefully resume soon. In order to keep our staff and visitors safe, we are enacting the following practices: The shortened hours will allow us time to clean and disinfect surfaces at the beginning and end of e

05/22/2020

Our gift shop is now open from 12-5 daily! Sorry We haven’t posted a video in awhile, here’s a short and silly one starring Squirt, our most laid back bearded dragon.

Our gift shop is now open daily 12-5! We have educational gifts and toys, as well as fossils, mounted insects and jewelr...
05/22/2020
Gift Shop Now Open 12-5 Daily! — Harrell House

Our gift shop is now open daily 12-5! We have educational gifts and toys, as well as fossils, mounted insects and jewelry!
Per the governors recent speech, we are hoping to re-open the Museum on June 1st, probably at a limited capacity.

Although the Museum itself is still closed, our gift shop is now open 12-5 daily! We can also do curbside pickup if you call (505)695-8569. We have a lot of great educational toys and kits including butterfly farms, dinosaurs, games, puzzles and more! We also have a great selection of rocks and foss

05/13/2020

Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula

05/11/2020

Caecilian, also known as “rubber eels” or “Sicilian eels” although they are neither eels nor from Sicily. They do look a bit like they’re made from rubber though!

05/10/2020

Bullsnake eating. It’s a long one, but if you want to see the whole swallowing process here it is!

05/08/2020

Some fish talk for one last day on invasives!

05/07/2020

Another invasive (in Florida anyway!), the black and white tegu lizard.

05/06/2020

More on invasive species, the red eared slider.

05/05/2020

After the popularity of yesterday’s video on the Asian Giant Hornet (aka “murder hornet” 🙄) I thought it might be interesting to look at some other invasive species. Today it’s the Cuban Treefrog!

05/04/2020

I wonder how many “Murder Hornet” questions we’re going to get when we finally re-open?

05/03/2020

Big Bend Smooth Claw Scorpion!

05/02/2020

Whipspiders! Harry Potter fans take note!

05/02/2020

Whipspiders! thought I posted this yesterday, but apparently not?

04/30/2020

Giant Canyon Isopods. Note that “giant” is a relative term! They are giant...compared to most other terrestrial isopods!

04/28/2020

Today I talk about the Mexican fireleg tarantula. I chose this one because I wanted to show a tarantula kicking hairs, and this is one of our most hair kicking-est tarantulas we have! Of course, she REFUSES to do it on video!!

We now have t-shirts, hats, stickers and magnets available in our online store! Prices include shipping. The T-shirts ar...
04/28/2020

We now have t-shirts, hats, stickers and magnets available in our online store! Prices include shipping. The T-shirts are high-quality 100%cotton and feature a glow-in-the-dark scorpion logo. The hats feature our embroidered logo. Thanks for looking! https://my-site-101600.square.site/shop/3

04/27/2020

Today I talk about the giant African millipede, and get pooped on in the process!

04/25/2020

Thanks to be closed for several weeks, our blue death feigning beetles are actually playing dead again!

04/25/2020

Tarantula vs cockroach! The winner is who you’d expect, but it is a bit of a wrestling match. Volume up if you want to hear the crunching sounds of a large spider eating a large insect...

04/23/2020

Boa eating Part 2! Yesterday we saw our boa strike and grab a dead rat. Today we’ll watch her swallow it! I split this in two because the whole process takes awhile. I edited out the 15-20 minutes between these videos where she just sat there with the rat!

Address

552 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM
87501

1 mile from train station

General information

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!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 695-8569

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What is it, and are those stingers?
In today's NYT
Thanks for the wonderful demonstration of some of your specimens at PEEC on 7/25. My boys had a blast. One of them wrote this on a PEEC dry erase board that night.
This is what we found in our bedroom!! Yikes!
Thank you Harrell House of Natural Oddities for bringing bugs back into our lives! If you find yourself in Santa Fe don’t miss out!
Curious if you guys could identify this guy. Is it a desert tiger centipede??
Hey Harrel House! We had a great time today. There was way more to explore than we expected. I especially loved this life-sized prehistoric replica on your wall. My husband said that such large insects were a great argument against time travelling.
E. Grieser, an excellent, affordable, and insanely fun next adventure in Santa Fe.