Ontario Science Centre’s newest exhibition Bug Lab explores the incredible genius of bugs and their impact on human innovation. The immersive exhibition opens on October 27 and was created by New Zealand’s Te Papa museum, in collaboration with award-winni

Journey through an incredible world of awe-inspiring insects in Bug Lab, a new immersive exhibition at Ontario Science Centre


Monday, October 25, 2021 6:11:00 PM

-From New Zealand's Te Papa museum and the special effects studio behind The Lord of the
Rings films, Bug Lab makes its Canadian debut on October 27. -


Step into a realm that's truly un-bee-lievable! With giant, ultra-realistic models of bugs and engaging hands-on activities, Bug Lab explores the unique genius of bugs and their profound impact on human lives. Created by New Zealand's national museum Te Papa, working with award-winning film studio Weta Workshop, the one-of-a-kind exhibition opens at the Ontario Science Centre on October 27, 2021.

"Bugs are some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet, which is why we're thrilled to share the magic, brilliance and wonder of Bug Lab with Science Centre visitors," said Paul Kortenaar, CEO, Ontario Science Centre. "Bug Lab is a vivid and extraordinary experience that celebrates the remarkable genius of bugs – and reminds us of their lasting contributions to many human innovations."

Featuring massive, detailed models of seven bug species, Bug Lab explores the abilities and strengths of each one through distinct and immersive chambers designed to emulate natural habitats. In each chamber, visitors learn about the unique skills of a certain species, from the aeronautical abilities of the dragonfly to the surgical skills of the jewel wasp and much more. Visitors will also learn how humans are applying bug genius to solve some complex challenges, such as using spider venom to treat cancer.

"For 450 million years, bugs have been getting smarter. From brain surgery to teamwork to the power of flight – they really can do it all. Now they're sharing their genius to help humans make the world a better place," says exhibition co-creator and Weta Workshop CEO and co-founder, Sir Richard Taylor.

Combining entomology and technological innovations with surreal set pieces, Bug Lab offers wide appeal and is suitable for visitors of all ages.

"With Bug Lab, the Ontario Science Centre continues to deliver highly engaging and entertaining science-related content that sparks curiosity and a love of learning in visitors of all ages," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "I encourage everyone to safely visit the Ontario Science Centre and learn about the many important ways bugs have helped to inspire amazing and innovative technologies."

Bug Lab runs from October 27, 2021 until April 2, 2022. Access to the exhibition is included with general admission to the Science Centre. Capacity is limited so timed tickets must be purchased in advance online. In accordance with provincial regulations, all visitors aged 12 and older must show proof of being fully vaccinated (paper or digital copy) along with valid ID to visit the Ontario Science Centre. Additionally, face masks are mandatory in the building at all times, and physical distancing measures are in place.

SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre