The 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.
Jim 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.
Once 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