The Victoria Bug Zoo is a great little museum in downtown Victoria that’s all about bugs, spiders, insects and other creepy crawly creatures.
VENUE CLOSED BUT THEN REOPENS
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Bug Zoo was closed for a number of weeks in March. It had resumed operations, however, by May.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, guests visiting the zoo are asked to book their tickets in advance, although walk-ins are permitted based on availability. As of mid-December, 2020, there are no tours or animal-holding opportunities currently at the museum.
For the most up-to-date information about the status of the attraction see the Bug Zoo website.
The Bug Zoo Museum
The Victoria Bug Zoo showcases over 50 different species including everything from stick bugs and praying mantises to scorpions and tarantulas. In addition to having display cases full of bugs, the zoo also has tour guides to tell you all about the various critters. Join one of the complementary tours and you might even get to hold some of the creatures.
The zoo isn’t large, with just a couple of rooms. It has a fair bit to see though, and the commentary by the guides is very interesting.
Goals of the Bug Zoo
The Victoria Bug Zoo aims to allow its visitors to interact with insects in a safe environment. Their goals are to re-align the negative stereotypes most people have of bugs by giving them helpful information on why they’re so cool. They also provide a space where people with phobias of insects are able to interact with them at a comfortable level. The Bug Zoo is also a perfect place for children to discover bugs they might not normally get to see.
As of the end of 2020, admission is about $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and university students, and $8 for children (ages 5 to 17). Kids under the age of 5 are free. An annual pass costs $28.
Bug Zoo Location
The Victoria Bug Zoo is located at 631 Courtney Street just off Douglas Street not far from Miniature World and the Empress Hotel right downtown. There are entrance signs on Douglas Street and Humboldt as well, although entering via those streets means walking through a bit of an indoor maze to get to the zoo. Especially if you have mobility issues, it’s best to head straight to the main Courtney Street entrance.
Tips and Advice
Below are a couple of suggestions and bits of information to help you make the most out of your Victoria Bug Zoo experience.
TIP #1: Join in one of the mini tours. The tour guide commentary is what makes the admission worth paying for.
TIP #2: Unless you are truly petrified of bugs and fear you might drop it, if you get the opportunity be brave and volunteer to hold a bug. It might be freaky at the time, but it’s not every day that you get to actually hold a tarantula or scorpion in the palm of your hand! (Note: to hold a bug you need to be of a minimum age.)
TIP #3: The facility is wheelchair accessible. The facility isn’t large, however, so strollers are not permitted in the exhibit area.
TIP #4: The Victoria Bug Zoo is an especially good place for young children. Children ages 12 and under, however, must always be accompanied by an adult.
To learn more about the attraction see the Victoria Bug Zoo website.
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