What’s better to celebrate Halloween than some creepy crawly bugs? As I’ve mentioned in the past I am not a fan of bugs. I don’t want to touch them, don’t want them near me and especially try everything I can to keep them out of our house. But then I read online that a new penny machine is available at a place called Insectarium just outside of Philadelphia. Well I tuck my pant legs into my socks and summon all my courage to not just bug out (sorry I had to) and do what I need to do for the pennies.
The Insectarium is located about 20 minutes outside of Philly. On my recent little trip to the U.S. Mint and the Penitentiary this was my last stop for the day and thankfully I didn’t have a lot of time to explore all the insects located inside. As you can see from the above picture the outside of the building is decorated with some large cutouts and even a giant ant crawling up the wall.
Earlier this summer Hanna and I had visited a similar place called Insectropolis that was originally an exterminating service, and then must have used their clients bugs to start their museum. This place is no different and you can see that they do also offer an exterminating service.
Upon entering the front door you are immediately placed in the gift shop that has all sorts of bug related merchandise. I had been in the store for all of 3 seconds, did not see any live bugs running loose, but was still feeling like I was covered in bugs. Wow I really needed to get a grip.
My biggest issues is with spiders. The large picture you can see above was located on the wall just beside the penny machine. I swear the spider was looking at me.
Feeling panic setting in quicker than I had anticipated I slowly moved towards the penny machine which was designed to look like a tree stump. This was really a cool design and fit perfectly in this bug tortureland….uhh wonderland.
The four designs passed very nicely and the designs were simple but still a nice set. The images included a Scorpion, Praying Mantis, Ant and Butterfly. All of the pennies also had Insectarium printed across them.
As I was using the machine a nice lady that was sitting at the front desk asked if I wanted to go into the museum. I confessed that I didn’t have much time, and had just stopped in to use the penny machine. She insisted on handing me a bunch of flyers about the museum and encouraged me to come back as they had some great interactive exhibits. This invitation did sound fun (Not really). I thanked her and made my way back outside. If you do want to visit the museum there is a small admission fee, or if you are like me and just want to stop by for the pennies there is no charge. The people working there did seem really nice so I may suck it up and bring Hanna back to see the bugs.
With my quick trip to Philly done I headed home to catalogue my newest coin sets. It took me two trip in but was able to visit all the machines and my Philly collection is now up to date for now. Thankfully this hobby doesn’t stand still too long and I’m sure there will be new machines available next year. That will just give me another excuse to come back and enjoy an authentic cheesesteak with a side of pressed pennies.