• We’re getting close…

    …but we’re not there yet! Due to delays, our new facility is still under construction. We will be open to the public on December 6th, 2023. Become a partner in this exciting vision by making a donation today!

  • Citizen DNA Barcode Network

    Interested in gaining hands-on scientific experience and contributing to valuable ongoing research? Join us this summer for a unique opportunity to learn about DNA Barcoding! We’re partnering with the Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center on an exciting nationwide community science project, the Citizen DNA Barcode Network. The project aims to engage community members in the science of DNA barcoding, while identifying and mapping insect species throughout the United States.

  • Schedule a Field Trip

    The spring field trip season is upon us! We have two great options to immerse your students in the world of arthropods. All programs are hands-on and aligned with Montana state science standards. Bugs on the Move brings our Bug Ambassadors and an enthusiastic educator into your classroom, no bus required. Bugs at the Museum invites you to join us at our partner organizations, spectrUM Discovery Area and the Montana Natural History Center. Click the link below to learn more and sign up today!

  • Watch our Online Bug Encounters!

    Join us each week for a “Bug Encounter” livestream via our Facebook page. You’ll hear fresh stories from the world of insects and arthropods and meet a variety of Bug Ambassadors. Browse our “Online Bug Encounters” page for past livestreams and family-friendly bug activities you can do in your own home!

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Exploring the little things the run the world.

While we build our new home we’re offering field trips, education programs, distance learning, and summer camps which stimulate learning and curiosity through hands-on, interactive activities with some of our amazing animals. Check out our calendar to see where we’ll be next!


Butterfly License Plate

Thanks to the incredibly talented Courtney Blazon, you can now add some butterfly flair to your vehicle. For an extra $20 added to your annual registration, you can spread a bit of butterfly love. All proceeds go to support our education programs, amazing critters, and our new facility. Contact us for more information or visit your County Treasurer’s office to get yours today!

What's Buzzin'

What’s Buzzin’ 10/6/23

As our days shorten, so too do our What’s Buzzin’ dispatches. But the bugs make the most of our short autumn, just like us humans, and they will continue to prepare themselves…

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What’s Buzzin’ 9/29/23

Fall is officially upon us, and as temps cool down, submissions tend to slow. We’re seeing a lot of insects ramping up for the colder weather; many are bulking up…

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What’s Buzzin’ 9/22/23

Welcome back! After a busy week of moving into our new building, What’s Buzzin’ returns with an impressive showing of late-summer, early-fall-flying (and crawling) bugs. As the days cool off, we may…

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