Arthropods: Creatures That Rule


Harvard Museums of Science & Culture and Harvard Museum of Natural History

a woman and a boy photographed from behind look at glass cases of insects on a wall.

Despite their small size, arthropods are some of the world’s mightiest creatures. Discover their amazing diversity at Arthropods: Creatures That Rule, with a new addition featuring ants and termites.

No application or registration needed.


This exhibition is free with regular museum admission.

Adults: $15.00, Seniors (65+): $13.00, Harvard ID holders: Free, Non-Harvard students with I.D.: $10.00, Youth ages 3–18: $10.00, Youth under 3: Free, Members: Free


  • In-person only.

Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States



Dates and Times

This is an ongoing program.

Morning and Afternoon.

This exhibition is open during regular museum hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm, every day.

Additional information

Arthropods: Creatures That Rule is a popular gallery in the Harvard Museum of Natural History that draws on Harvard research to explore arthropods’ extraordinary evolutionary success. It features a wide array of preserved creatures and live specimens, such as the rose tarantula. 

 Ants and Termites: Nature’s Super Organisms is a new addition to the gallery. These extremely social superorganisms are one of the most ancient insect groups. They inhabit every continent, save Antarctica, and live in complex societies, working together as one unified force to survive and even dominate our natural world.

Visitors can also weave their way through the gallery to discover Orb-Weavers: Masters of the Spider World, an exhibit examining the evolution of the orb web, and The Rockefeller Beetles, a small exhibit featuring hundreds of jewel-like beetle specimens collected by David Rockefeller.

Regular museum admission rates apply.

Photo © Tony Rinaldo

a woman and a boy photographed from behind look at glass cases of insects on a wall.
This is an ongoing program.
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Last updated May 1, 2024.