If you can find the entrance, which is denoted by a small sign hidden amongst lots of shrubbery, you can pay 100 baht to enter the Museum of Insects and Natural Wonders in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Here you can find a multitude of wonders. For example, the round hanging objects in the picture below are massive bee hives. Other wonders include termite mounds (empty), butterflies, geodes, vulture eggs and preserved specimens of all Thailand’s 459 varieties of mosquito.
The founder, Manop Rattanarithikul, is pictured here in 1940 with his grandmother:
At the age of 25, he went to work as a malaria investigator for the United States Operation Mission (USOM) in Thailand. Presumably this is when his life-long affection for mosquitoes developed.
Multiple signs throughout the museum remind us that mosquitoes are not the enemy:
“The little mosquitoes are more of our friends than enemy. This family of insects brings many useful benefits to many living things and processes. It is important to remind you that of Thailand’s 459 species only 10 are vectors for disease…. Nature creates and maintains everything in balance within ecological systems, everything exists with inherent value and purpose.”
He must also be on good terms with the insect leadership, as the musem includes a letter from the President of the Thailand Mosquitoes:
“We apologize in case you get bitten (kissed) by our imbecile mosquitoes, they do it be cause they love you so much. We give thanks for your generosity and forgiveness. Our world’s friends, the passed away insects and the amazing natural wonders are resting in peace in the Museum to understand Nature’s heritage.”
Here is another example of his holistic view of the universe:
And finally, a solution to world hunger:
Multiple signs claimed that each specimen had died a natural death and then been lovingly discovered and retrieved from its final resting place by the museum founder. Despite the rather squished appearance of several of the specimens (including a winged lizard so flattened that its tongue was sticking out like an exclamation point) no animals or insects were harmed in the creation of this museum. We are to believe that the photo of the museum founder standing with butterfly net in hand was merely for aesthetic purposes.
We passed the back door on the way out. There was a bug screen on it.