Insects, Sea Life, Reptiles
Location: Upper Level
If you’d love to learn about all the many kinds of creepy crawlies, this is the place for you!
However, if insects and reptiles aren’t for you, Hastings Museum has hundreds of beautiful shells and a fair bit of sea life on display, too. And even bees aren’t so scary when their behind glass.
From butterflies to cockroaches, from coral to clam shells. From frogs to snakes, from mosquitoes to dragon flies. We guarantee there is something in this exhibit you’ve never seen up close before!
Discover representative examples of each of the main orders of insects. The life cycle of several different kinds of insects are included – and don’t forget to take a peak at the world’s largest beetle and one of the largest moths in the moth group – a moth that may have crossed your path at one time or another.
Seashells, Coral and Sea Life
The seashell and coral display includes shells from the five classes of mollusks, coral and a 108 pound gigantic clam shell!
Helmut shells. Black murex. Frog shells. Hastings Museum has several hundred specimens from all over the world, including the United States, Mexico, Philippines, West Indies, Australia, Africa, Japan and Panama!
There’s more than 50 land snails, including salt and freshwater varieties plus lobsters, crabs, urchins, horseshoe crabs and more.
Snakes and Reptiles
Here’s where you’ll find snakes, lizards, salamanders, frogs, toads and turtles all native to Nebraska.
This is a wonderful opportunity to safely view these creatures up close and imagine how they live in the wild!
Have you heard about our famous rattling rattlesnake? The rattlesnake is still here and can be found on the main level of the Museum.