- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001

DIRECTIONS:

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

ADMISSION AND PARKING:

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.

FOOD:

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

HOURS:

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.

INFORMATION:

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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