If you're traveling with kids, the Harrell House Bug Museum is a must-see. The Harrell House is a little bit different from the other museums you might expect to see in Santa Fe. You won't learn about Native American history, find artifacts, or see contemporary art. You will, however, see some bugs. Lots and lots of bugs. But that's not all; they also have arachnids, lizards, and snakes.
In fact, the bug museum has 4,700 dried and mounted insects and arachnids. You can meet some live creatures as well. Harrell House has almost 200 live animals you can touch, including insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, reptiles, and amphibians. It's not every day you can get up close and personal with some of the species.
If you want to see some action, attend the live feeding at 4 pm daily. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday they feed fish, turtles, toads, salamanders, and some of the reptiles. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are when they feed lizards and snakes. Finally, you can watch tarantulas, scorpions, and other predatory invertebrates hunt their dinner on Sundays. Whichever day you go, this is always a favorite for the kids.
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