Harrell House of Natural Oddities, Santa Fe

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#14 of 29 in Museums in Santa Fe
Harrell House of Natural Oddities boasts a museum and a store dedicated to insects, spiders, and other creepy crawlies. The museum houses a collection of 2,400 pinned butterflies and mounted bugs, as well as more than 100 live crawling critters, including scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes, lizards, snakes, frogs, and turtles. The store offers a wide assortment of educational toys, fossils, and dinosaur models, as well as insect-inspired jewelry and souvenirs. Arrange your visit to Harrell House of Natural Oddities and discover more family-friendly attractions in Santa Fe using our Santa Fe trip maker website .
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  • This was a great little escape for a Sunday afternoon. It was a bigger collection than I expected. I loved the bugs of course but there are also lizards and amphibians, including a monitor lizard that...  more »
  • This is a great value and amazing collection. We have rarely seen such a variety anywhere else. The live exhibits were also very interesting and will be back again when friends or family come to visit...  more »
  • OMG, the size of some of the spiders...its nearly unreal. I can see why children, especially young boys, love this place...and adults can learn to appreciate them for the way that they fit into their ...  more »
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  • My family and I visited as we spent the weekend in Santa Fe. This place is located inside DeVargas Shopping Mall. We had a blast and amazed at the various species of insects and the pink butterfly was a hit with my daughter. The presenter was knowledgeable and the hands on portion was a great experience for the young and adult alike. Definitely a must stop if you are in the area. Friendly and courteous staff.
  • The best museum I've ever been to. Everything was beautiful. I touched a hissing cockroach and it was weird but cool. I also touched a millipede and a tarantula. They rocked my socks off. I'm going to return for sure. The legless lizard was amazing and adorable. 1000/1000 millipede legs
  • Soooooo freakin' cool! There are so many bugs, critters, and assorted creatures to keep any interested child or adult entertained and excited. You might not get over your fears in one visit, but you will hopefully gain a new appreciation for the animals with whom we share the world. Do NOT pass up the chance to hold some of the specimens. It was such a cool experience to hold a tarantula and a cockroach (and I'm not a bug person at all)! I cannot recommend this place enough. The museum itself is located inside the mall, though there are no signs outside to direct you (that I saw).
  • A fun place full of bug and insects! Our 6 year old daughter and 5 year old son loved this place! My daughter was able to hold different kinds of bugs (hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes, and red haired tarantulas). My son was a bit of a scaredy cat - lol. The place is hard to find as it is in the shopping center thus cannot not be seen from outside. OVERALL A fun, buggy little place that I would recommend for anyone not scared of bugs. (smile)
  • Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Excellent displays of the critters whether alive or not. Some of the shelving holding the displays is not very sturdy. The guy who helped the kids hold the insects really knew his stuff and was great with the kids. Also very reasonable price to get in and they didnt gouge in the front shop. A great inexpensive and fairly quick stop for the kids.
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