Discover the Fascinating World of Beetles - Atlas Obscura

Denver, Colorado

Discover the Fascinating World of Beetles

See the largest dung beetle collection in the country! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Have you ever been behind-the-scenes at a natural history museum? There is a lot of hidden wonder—what you see in the exhibits is less than 1% of specimens and artifacts that a museum preserves. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has over 4 million objects in its research collections, and is one of the best collection facilities worldwide. Deep underground is a treasure trove of rare and scientifically important specimens, studied by national and international scientists. 

Among those hidden treasures is the largest dung beetle collection in the country! They have specimens dating all the way back to the 1850s and from all over the world, from Guantanamo and North Korea to Wake Island and Swaziland. 

Guided by curator and world-renowned beetle expert Dr. Frank Krell, we'll explore the collections and see some wonderful zoological objects: Japanese beetles, dung overrun by European immigrants, moths smaller than little flies, and beetles larger than mice.  He will also give us the inside scoop on the scientific work done at the Denver Museum. See things you have never seen before and have a wonderful afternoon at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! 


  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the event for a prompt check-in and start time.
  • We will meet at the main entrance (near the T-Rex).
  • Tickets to this event do not include full admission to the rest of the museum.
  • Comfortable shoes encouraged.
  • All ages welcome.
  • Event will run rain or shine.


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