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Bug Lab


Date: 10/12/16 to 17/04/17

Te Papa will be overrun by creepy-crawlies this summer when it opens Bug Lab, the museum's next summer blockbuster exhibition.

From 10 December 2016, museum goers will be able to experience hands-on science and large-scale models, inspired by the secret life of bugs and their genius ways.

In a collision of high-impact design and science, the museum has enlisted the help of both Weta Workshop and Ruud "The Bug Man" Kleinpaste to bring the all-ages Bug Lab together.

Joining Kleinpaste on the Bug Lab science team are Te Papa's entomologist (and former former arachnophobe) Phil Sirvid, and University of Canterbury spider scientist Simon Pollard.

Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis says he hopes the exhibition will excite young Kiwis about subjects like science and technology, while also appealing to those with an eye for design.

Venue: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

For more information, please visit: www.tepapa.govt.nz/visit/whats-on/exhibitions/bug-lab

In honour of the launch, Te Papa Press has published two new children’s books – The Genius of Bugs and the Genius of Bugs Activity Book. You can also order the books from Te Papa Press, or check out the free The Genius of Bugs teaching notes.

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