Penn State Frost Entomological Museum Reopens After Years of Renovations

Story posted November 20, 2019 in News, CommRadio by Michael Sneff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- For the first time in more than six years, the Penn State Frost Entomological Museum has once again opened its doors for bug lovers of all shapes and sizes.  The exhibit is located across from the Creamery on Curtin Rd. and features a plethora of creepy crawlers on display.

The facility closed in 2013 for renovations, but now boasts updated exhibits, storage facilities and research labs. The exhibit part of the facility consists of multiple insect collections and a set of public exhibits about arthropods.

The museum celebrates its 50th anniversary. It opened in 1969 and was named for the late Penn State bug expert Stuart Frost, who taught entomology at the university from 1922 to his retirement in 1957.

Frost was responsible for Penn State’s first major insect reference collection and continued to add thousands of specimens to the collection well into his retirement before passing away in 1980.

"The museum stands, in part, as a resource to preserve, study, understand and celebrate the arthropod diversity of Pennsylvania," said Museum director and Penn State Entomology professor Andy Deans.

“[We] exist to foster a sense of curiosity about the natural world and to instill responsibility in all people to make our world a better place." Deans said.

The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

 

Michael Sneff is a senior digital/print journalism and political science major. To contact him, email mbs5797@psu.edu.