Insect Collections, Zoos, Museums, and Butterfly Gardens in North America

ESA offers the following listing of insect collections, zoos, museums, and butterfly gardens in North America. Many of these institutions offer complementary educational programs and/or materials; please inquire with the individual institutions. The institutions are listed in two columns, in alphabetical order according to state. 

Please select from the following to view the institutions in that state: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New YorkNorth Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, Canada.



Cook's Natural Science Museum, Decatur

Alabama Museum of Natural History, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama



Arthropod Museum, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


The Insect Zoo, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles

San Diego Safari Park, Escondido

Insect Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco

Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley

Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis

Entomology Research Museum, University of California, Riverside



Ashland Nature Center Butterfly House, Delaware Nature Society, Hockessin



Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

University of Georgia Insect Zoo, Athens





Audubon Insectarium, Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans


Michigan State University Bug House, East Lansing

Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection, Michigan State University, East Lansing



Butterfly House, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Chesterfield

Monsanto Insectarium, St. Louis Zoo


Butterfly Pavillion, Folsom Children’s Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Lincoln

Division of Entomology, Natural History Museum, University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Magic Wings Butterfly House, North Carolina Museum of Life & Science, Durham


World of The Insect, Cincinnati Zoo

The Rainforest, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Museum of Science, Toledo Zoo


Insect Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Portland


Frost Entomological Museum, Pennsylvania State University, University Park


Cockrell Butterfly Center & Insect Zoo, Houston Museum of Natural Science

Entomology Collection, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Butterfly House & Insectarium, Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park


The Bug Box, Fredericksburg

Washington, DC

Invertebrate Exhibit & Pollinarium, Smithsonian National Zoological Park


Invertebrate Zoology, Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, Alberta

Insectarium de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

Victoria Butterfly Gardens, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

Victoria Bug Zoo

Spencer Entomological Collection, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

J.B. Wallis Museum of Entomology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba  

University of Guelph Insect Collection, Guelph, Ontario

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes, Ottawa, Ontario

Lyman Entomological Museum, McGill University, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Zoology Collection, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Inclusion of a facility does not imply an endorsement by the Entomological Society of America. Nor does it imply criticism of others not listed. Corrections and additions are welcome; please send to

Last updated

June 30, 2014.