What we thought might be a quick stop turned into hours as we took in one fascinating exhibit after another.
We lost ourselves watching leafcutter ants working, bees busily building their hive, and most mesmerizing of all, walking through The Butterfly House surrounded by hundreds of beautiful blue butterflies. The colorful winged insects flew all around us, sometimes even landing on us.
Drops of gold: Cocoons in the Butterfly Nursery
In fact, several of the displays are hands on. We got to hold creatures that looked exactly like leaves, or sticks, or alien beings.
We even got to touch the skin of a devil - a Thorny Devil to be precise.
All of this was overseen by the museum's director, Lloyd Hollett, who captivated us with not only his knowledge, but his exuberance.
We've heard that his schtick about the beehive is becoming legendary.
WATCH: Veronica frolics with butterflies, handles some pretty intimidating bugs!
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