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Bug Lab

December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Bug Lab

December 8, 2018 – May 5, 2019

Discovery Place
301 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Tickets: $16 – $20

For the first time in North America, see the world the bugs built at Discovery Place Science. Experience the immersive world of bugs and their amazing abilities that inspire human innovation.

Larger-than-life bug models are your guides as you journey through hands-on activities and challenges. Enter the ‘operating theatre’ of the iridescent jewel wasp and witness her turn a cockroach into a zombie. Join forces with the Japanese honeybees to help them defeat their greatest enemy, the giant hornet. In a game of skill, try and beat the orchid mantis’s lightning-fast reflexes.


Explore four immersive chambers throughout the exhibition and get up close and personal with four insects and their amazing adaptations.

  • Meet the Orchid Mantis, who hunts her prey disguised as the most beautiful flower of all.
  • Discover how the jewel wasp is a Killer Brain Surgeon, turning its victim into a zombie, ready to do its bidding.
  • Witness the incredible flight of the Dragonfly in the zoetrope, a spectacular 3D animation unlike anything on the planet.
  • Join with other visitors in Bees vs Hornet: you become the bees defending your hive from the deadly hornet.
  • From swarm intelligence to mind control, you’ll discover bugs hold the key to life-altering secrets.
  • The bugs have left it in our hands now—come unearth what the future would look like if we could match their brilliance.

Bug Lab was created by New Zealand’s world-renowned museum Te Papa, working with five time Academy Award-winning film studio Weta Workshop.

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December 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am
May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Discovery Place
301 N Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 United States