Children’s Museum of Bozeman (CMB) announces opening of It’s A Bug’s World on Saturday, March 24th, 2018
The Children’s Museum of Bozeman (CMB) announces the opening of their newest exhibit, It’s A Bug’s World on Saturday, March 24th, 2018.
It’s A Bug’s World was developed to encourage visitors to learn together, exploring what makes an insect unique. The goal of this exhibit is to encourage children and families to creatively and critically think about the world of insects, learning about the anatomy of bugs, their distinct differences, and the ways in which we interact with bugs on a daily basis. For some age groups, it will be an introduction to insects and for others it will provide an in depth lesson on habitats, anatomy and characteristics of bugs.
Additionally, CMB blends technology with entomology by incorporating an insect web cam, a hex bug maze, and a “bug wall” where visitors can use their senses to understand insects. The different parts of the exhibit speak to children of all ages; the youngest visitors will be able to dress up and walk through the grass forest while the oldest will explore the live species and explore entomophagy (edible insects). CMB encourages parents to explore the exhibit with their children, as they do with all parts of the museum, in order to create a collaborative learning space. CMB looks forward to welcoming local classrooms into the space for educational field trips this Spring and next Fall.
CMB’s Executive Director, Abby Turner, states, “Bugs are fascinating to children and adults alike, yet they are misunderstood on the simplest levels. Because there is no end to discovering new insects, scientists continue to study and examine them as a critical part of the world around us. Additionally, as bugs become a more viable food source, introducing entomophagy to children early is an essential step to increasing awareness. We have teamed up with a number of local entomologists and insect experts to create this fascinating exhibit. We are grateful to James Rollin, Miles Maxcer, Bob Peterson and Adrian Massey for their expertise. Also, to John Allwine and Greta Moore, who provided critical parts of the exhibit to make it engaging and interactive. This was a community effort to expand the exhibit excellence of CMB.” CMB’s exhibits are designed and manufactured in house by Pamela Jacques, Director of Exhibits and Design, for CMB. Her experience in this field has brought a stunning display of fun, engaging activities to the Museum.
The Children’s Museum of Bozeman is open Monday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm. This exhibit is part of the general admission and is open to the public during regular open times.
The Children’s Museum is located at 202 S. Willson Ave. For more information, please contact Abby Turner at (406)522-9087, or see our website at www.cmbozeman.org.