- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001


The O. Orkin Insect Zoo is located in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.


Admission is free. There is no museum parking. If you're taking the Metro, the Smithsonian and Federal Triangle stops work best. Street parking is difficult to find, but public pay-lot parking, in varying degrees of nearness, is available.


The Atrium Cafe, located in the museum's basement, offers a wide variety of cafeteria-style fare, including burgers, pizza, salads and fruit.


The Insect Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Dec. 25. Docents display insects and other arthropods for touching and holding in the exhibit hall from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. every day except Monday. Tarantulas are fed every weekday except Monday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. On weekends, tarantulas are fed at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


For information about the Insect Zoo or any Smithsonian museum, call the visitor resource information number: 202/357-2700. The Web site is www.mnh.si.edu/museum/VirtualTour/Tour/Second/InsectZoo.

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