About Insectropolis in Toms River, NJ


Insectropolis will motivate visitors to discover the little-known lives of insects and foster a greater appreciation for bugs and their place in our world. While you are here, you will experience a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to making your visit as pleasant as possible.

There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures.

View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Play bug games on our touch-screen computers. Pretend you are a termite as you crawl through our mud tube. Safely get up close to our observation hive and see our busy bees. Or spy on our many other live insects. Of course, your visit is not complete unless you sit in on a touch presentation! Touch presentation occur daily.  Touch a live tarantula, millipede, and a hissing cockroach before you leave. Whether you are a bug enthusiast or just a curious visitor, Insectropolis has over a dozen exhibit areas that are sure to educate and entertain.

Our Insectropolis Staff

Our staff is a group of individuals who not only love bugs but love working here! You will not only see amazing insects and displays when you visit us, but you are guaranteed to meet enthusiastic, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. We have many brainy bug handlers, interesting tour guides, and fun birthday hosts. Below are our 3 main worker bees that were here from the beginning and made Insectropolis go from just a crazy idea to a reality.

“Velvet Ant” Val

Valerie started her bug career at Ozane and was brought on-board the Insectropolis project because of her retail sales & management experience, plus her background in art. Her artistic abilities can be seen throughout the facility in both the murals and exhibit areas. As a child, you would find her outside with an insatiable curiosity for living things, catching salamanders and frogs. Only to be called inside to “save” her sister from spiders and crickets. Valerie is the first smiling face that welcomes you in and the last face you see on your way out. She is the “One Stop Bug Shop” keeper.

“Dragonfly” Di

Preoccupied with her big hair in the ’80s, Diane had little or no interest in the lives of insects around her (except for her irrational paranoia that every cricket was “after her.”) Ironically, she is now running tours, handling bugs and planning group visits as Insectropolis’ Group Coordinator. Besides her phenomenal organizational skills, Diane is a creative thinker with an art background. She was the artistic force behind the concepts & execution of our beautiful, dramatic, and themed displays.

Chris Koerner

It was while managing Ozane Pest Control and identifying insect specimens for customers, Chris hatched the novel idea of opening a bug museum. Since his father owned and operated Ozane, insects fascinated Chris from a very early age and he always thought there was more to bugs than just killing them. With plans of managing the family business, he attended Rider College to study business and finance. He was hands-on during the construction and wore a carpenter belt to build many of exhibits. Chris continues to be involved and can still be spotted building up our collection of specimens at his pinning station. Chris was voted “World’s Best Boss” by a 2-1 vote.


This is what people say about us!

Abri AvatarAbri
Highly recommend! The museum was clean, new looking, fun, and very affordable. The place is small but packed with so much. My family loves bugs and animals so this was a perfect place to visit. If you happen to be in the area like us, definitely stop by.
The interactive show, was everything it needed to be. We learned, he gave us the option to touch the 4 or 5 insects he talked about, and he made it funny and easy to understand for a crowd of kids and adults.
The museum itself was so informative, and I loved how intentional everything that was placed in the museum was insect related, down to the lady bug stools. The store was affordable and cool.
I highly recommend the museum and I would definitely come back. - 2/05/2023 
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Amanda Glaspey AvatarAmanda G.
We had an in home party with Taylor, and she was wonderful- so professional and knowledgeable. The children had a great time and were throughly entertained! Thank you so much! - 12/05/2022 
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Tom Pender AvatarTom P.
Very cool place! Well organized scientific exhibits with lots of artistic and creative displays to engage all ages. LOTS of insect display cases and many live species as well. Live bug "show" with knowledgeable presentation and the ability to touch live specimens if you wished. Reasonable admission price and small gift shop. - 9/25/2022 
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Melissa Graham AvatarMelissa G.
This was amazing! Brought our kids here for our oldest son’s birthday. He was so excited to see the tarantulas and scorpions! The habitats and displays were set up so well, and so detailed. The presenter of the live demo, Zoe, was amazing! Zoe was full of patience for my kids’ questions, full of knowledge, and very nice. My son was so excited to have someone to relate with about arachnids and video games. Thank you all so much! - 9/17/2022 
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Ari AvatarAri
Excellent displays and informative session for the whole family. They had s large display of pinned and live insects. There was also information on different insect species and you could touch them as well. 😱 - 8/23/2022 
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jgIII AvatarjgIII
Kids loved it, they have a little gift shop. The exhibit is pretty cool, lots of live bugs and spiders and lots of info! They also have a show and touch which the kids loved. - 8/09/2022 
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Robert Krautheim AvatarRobert K.
What a fun place. Very kind and welcoming. Information is presented in a fun and creative way. You will learn something. Hands on presentation towards the end of the day led by a really cool instructor. The hand paintings all around are amazing and with the price of admission alone. $10 is a steal for a place this cool. What a gem! Reminds me warmly of the places I once went as a kid - quirky, cool and special. You can feel the love. Awesome gift shop offerings as well - JUST GO!!! - 7/29/2022 
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Rachel Kelly AvatarRachel K.
I took my 5 and 3 year old today and it exceeded my expectations. There were a variety of exhibits with live bugs, as well as numerous displays and facts. The themes of each section were so cute too! We were lucky to see the bugs up close as well! I got to touch a Madagascar hissing cockroach! My kids already want to go back :) - 7/19/2022 
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Joey FLORIDA AvatarJoey F.
Super awesome place to check out! Definitely worth the price to see so many different bugs. They have tanks of live bugs as well, including at least 20 tarantulas! A nice guide gives a 15 minute presentation about a few live bugs that you can touch and learn about. Great for kids to ask questions. Amazing taxidermy collection. Everyone is nice and laid back. Gift shop is a bit pricey, but they have some unique taxidermy butterfly art for sale. - 7/05/2022 
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Melissa Martin AvatarMelissa M.
It was awesome, they let me hold like three bugs. Ask about the golden beetle, it's magnificent. - 6/29/2022 
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Christine Corts AvatarChristine C.
This place is amazing! Beautiful detailed exhibits, lots of educational information and live insects to see. The interactive show was well done and interesting. The staff was all very knowledgeable and super friendly. My family had a great time. - 6/13/2022 
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Aneliya Georgieva AvatarAneliya G.
This place is a hidden gem. Had my son’s birthday party here and was so surprised how well organized and clean it was. Also the tour guide was Taylor was excellent with the kids, very patient and the kids had a great time learning and exploring the bugs. Would highly recommend this museum for kids activity and for bday bash. - 6/08/2022 
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