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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Creepy Crawl at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Workshop and exclusive tour of the Entomology Department—discover infamous and exotic insect specimens, some that are considered omens of the occult and supernatural.

Join Atlas Obscura as we see, hear, touch, and pin bizarre insect specimens with entomologists at the prestigious Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Part One: An interactive insect investigation with Entomology Department Curatorial Assistant Greg Cowper. The Academy of Natural Sciences' vast Entomology Collection contains over 3.5 million specimens. Within this remarkable collection are infamous and exotic specimens, some that are considered omens of the occult and supernatural. Highlights include Egyptian scarabs, parasitic wasps, and death’s head hawk moths—famed for their cameo in "Silence of the Lambs." We will get to see all of these unbelievable insects plus a whole lot more in this interactive presentation.

Part Two: A hands-on pinning workshop with real specimens. Go home with your very own multi-legged memento!


  • Price includes admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences, which will remain open after our program. 
  • A signed liability waiver will be required from all attendees


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