Museum Open House

The Museum of Biological Diversity is located near The Ohio State University’s West campus on 1315 Kinnear Road and was conceived as the repository for most of OSU’s collections of animals and plants and as a research facility. Unlike exhibit museums, the MBD does not have large public areas or permanent displays. Nevertheless, there has always been a great deal of interest from the local community about the museum. We receive more requests for tours of the facility than our small curatorial staff can handle.

Butterfly wings from the Collection.In 2005 the MBD held its first Open House, which ran for 4 hours, with 50 volunteers and about 300 visitors. Since then our Open House has become the premier community outreach event in the College of Arts & Sciences at The Ohio State University. More than 2,600 visitors came in for the 2015 edition of the Museum Open House.

For us of the Triplehorn Insect Collection, the Museum Open House it is a chance to declare our unbridled love and respect for insects, and to see again, through the eyes of our guests, young and old(er), just how fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes downright bizarre insects can be. It is also a chance to see old friends, acquaintances, colleagues and former students. And we cannot forget the friends we made among the visitors, many of whom return year after year to the event.


The next Museum Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. More information can be found on the Museum website.

Get involved! To join the volunteers of the Triplehorn Insect Collection during the Museum Open House, please contact us.


Page last updated 12 November, 2016

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