Maine Bug Museum: Lisbon Falls Maine 04252

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Maine Bug MuseumThe Butterfly and Insect Museum in Lisbon Falls Maine is definitely worth a visit.  Commonly referred to as "The Bug Museum," this local treasure is located at Maine Art Glass on Maine Street in Lisbon on the corner of School Street and Main right in the heart of town.

ScorpionsJim Nutting has been fascinated with insects of all varieties since he was a child and his passion for the creepy crawlies shows.  He seems to have a talent for sharing his excitement and educating children of all ages (even the grown up variety.)

The museum section is open during regular business hours and is incorporated into the incredible works of glass art available at the studio which resides in a beautiful renovated church.  Your first clue that something is different here may be the large stained glass window over the front doors featuring a spider.

The Butterfly and Insect MuseumOnce inside, a quick trip to the choir loft and you can view one of the largest collections of beautifully displayed butterflies I have ever seen, as well as some of the largest insects I have ever seen.

The real fun is to be had with a prearranged visit to the live insect room with Jim.  We visited with a group last week and were treated to an up close and personal session with walking sticks, scorpions (big ones!,) tarantulas, hissing cockroaches, and more.

I highly recommend this one!  The museum section is free and groups can be arranged for the live insect tour for a small fee to help support the endeavor.

 

The Butterfly and Insect Museum &Maine Art Glass Studio 
 51 Main Street, Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252 
(207)353-6700 
 1-888-781-6700

www.maineartglass.com

 

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Malcolm Johnston
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Kristen, that looks like it would be a fun afternoon, and as a bonus, you'd get to learn about something interesting. Hissing cockroaches - not for the squeamish.

Apr 04, 2011 05:10 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Looks like an interesting place to visit.

 Life is good when there are flowers to photograph.

Apr 04, 2011 05:19 AM #2
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Kristen Wheatley
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True Malcolm, especially when someone scoops up a large handful of them and puts them on the table in front of you!  My son loved petting the tarantula and he even got up the nerve to quickly touch the large scorpion.  I limited my contact to the walking sticks...they are nice and slow. :-)

Yes it is Roy!  I think you would love this place.  Tons of beautiful stained glass as well.

Apr 04, 2011 05:24 AM #3
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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Kristen....hope all is well....a bug museum is certainly a different place to visit....

Apr 04, 2011 05:25 AM #4
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Kristen, Got to be REALLY popular with the young 'uns! :)

Apr 04, 2011 05:32 AM #5
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Craig Rutman
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I took my daughter to a bug exhibit here in Raleigh and it was one of the most interesting things we had ever been to. Thanks for bugging us about this Kristen!

Apr 04, 2011 05:55 AM #6
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Kristen Wheatley
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Thank you Barbara.  All is well.  It was definitely different.  I didn't even know we had one until a friend suggested we go.

It was a real hit BLiz!  I now know that I never want to go to Papua New Guinea.  That seems to be the place most of the HUGE insects were from....some were a foot long!

Anytime Craig.  It was a blast.  I was extremely happy to learn that there aren't any poisonous spiders here in Maine.

Apr 04, 2011 06:04 AM #7
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Nina Rogoff
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My son will be thrilled to learn about this place! My daughter...not so much. Of course, I as "the Mom" have had to put aside my personal feelings about bugs and actually become the "bug remover"...when Dad's not around...so I would take my son to the museum. But, I will not be holding any tarantulas!

Apr 04, 2011 08:47 AM #8
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Kristen Wheatley
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I wasn't keen on holding the tarantula either Nina.  I'll stick to the really slow moving insects. :-)  When I was young and living in Texas, my brother and I came upon a line of tarantulas walking single file across the road.  We thought "How cool!" and got closer to check it out.  The tarantulas proceeded to jump a couple of feet straight up.  Probably a defense, but it cured me from ever wanting to get too close!

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I was aghast to learn that the tarantulas accompanied Jim out of the museum - to a fundraiser recently. I had wanted to attend this event but obviously  did not.

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