Insect Zoo Opens in NMNH, 1976

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The Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History is opened. It is an educational center that allows visitors to observe and interact with live insects. It is made possible in part by grants from the Ciba-Geigy Corp., Diamond Shamrock Chemical Co., Dow Chemical USA, FMC Corp., Shell Chemical Corp. and Stauffer Co.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) O. Orkin Insect Zoo
  • United States National Museum Dept. of Entomology
  • CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
  • Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company
  • Dow Chemical USA
  • FMC Corporation
  • Shell Chemical Corporation
  • Stauffer Company


Chronology of Smithsonian History


The Smithsonian "Torch," September 1976, p. 8

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August 23, 1976


  • Insect zoos
  • Animals
  • Insects
  • Entomology
  • Education
  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Museums--Educational aspects


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