Get up close and personal with insects at Natural History Museum
Bug Brigade • You can make friends with cockroaches and tarantulas on Saturday.
Published: May 9, 2012 08:18AM
Updated: May 9, 2012 08:18AM
| Tribune file photo Afton Hogan winces as her father Brady Hogan and Emma Saddler handle a desert millipede during a Bug Brigade in the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake City. Another Bug Brigade, which allows museum visitors to handle the bugs, is set for this Saturday.

Have you ever wanted to hold a hissing cockroach or a tarantula?

Well, what the heck is wrong with you?

Actually, the Natural History Museum of Utah encourages this kind of behavior with its twice-a -month Bug Brigade. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, the museum offers visitors an opportunity to observe and handle live bugs to learn about these arthropods’ anatomy, behavior and important ecological roles.

It’s a big favorite with the kids.

The next Bug Brigade is Saturday, May 12. It’s included in regular museum admission price.

Bug Brigade

When: Saturday, May 12, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Natural History Museum of Utah — Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Tickets: $9 adults; $7 seniors and youth (13-14); $6 kids (3-12); free (2 and under)