The Friends of the Museum of Science and History are sponsoring a new traveling exhibit called Big Big Bugs! It examines the hidden world of insects. A major sponsor is the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. This exhibit features large robotic insects including a Praying Mantis - 60 X life size, Stick Insect - 120 X life size, Fighting Beetles - 40 X life size, Caterpillar - 30 X life size, Locust (AKA grasshopper) - 70 X life size, Mosquito (head only) - 600 X life size, Honeybee (head only) - 200 X life size, and Dragonfly (head only) - 80 X life size. Although the exhibit will be open to the public on September 13, special family educational activities are planned for Saturday, September 15th. A special exhibit fee is being charged.
This exhibit, featuring common insects of giant proportions, was developed with close consultation from the scientific and museum community. Every day a child creates his or her own insect zoo, whether it’s an empty jar with holes punched in the lid, or a pre-packaged scientific kit, there’s no denying the interest children show in creepy, crawly bugs. The exhibit will delight children, parents, and educators. The exhibit was timed for a fall run to coincide with the school year enabling teachers to take advantage of an unrivaled and close up look at the insect world that is sure to generate excitement in their students.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, is intended to raise money for the “Change Over Time” exhibit. This is the new permanent “paleo” exhibit that will be installed in the space that was cleared in the Heine Wing of the Museum for the “Bug” exhibit. The fund raising goal for this exhibit is $750,000. The first phase of this exhibit is scheduled to open June 2013.
The Museum is located at 1900 N. Chaparral, Corpus Christi TX. The Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays.