India's first insect museum opens in Coimbatore

By PTI Published on Mar 27, 2018 01:47 PM IST

Coimbatore: A Rs 5 crore insect museum with state-of-the-art amenities was unveiled by Chief Minister K Palaniswami at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here yesterday.

The museum, established on 6,691 sq ft, is fully dedicated to insects and is said to be the first-of-its-kind in the country.

It would display insects preserved as specimens as also live ones depicting their different developmental stages, images, videos and models of their unique behaviour, habits and habitats.

The uniqueness of the museum is visible in the lobby, which depicts the theme, 'Bugs are Kings'. The exhibiting area comprises seven radial walls (bay) on the right side and an undivided wall on the left.

A section on social insect exhibiting termite mounds (whole and sectioned) and beehives of different kinds and forms would also be exhibited.

A souvenir shop and mini-auditorium to screen insect movies and documentary films are available. A ramp is also provided to help physically-challenged persons visit the museum.