Children sketching insects in the Scientist for a Day Entomology program at the Australian Museum.

This July, become an Entomologist for a day and uncover the science of insects.

Image: Martha Johnson
© Australian Museum

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Ages: 9-12 years

Join us for an unforgettable exploration of a bug's life!

Uncover the secrets of Entomology and dive into the fascinating world of insects. Get hands-on to discover what makes an insect unique and how to determine which insects are friends and which are foes.

Go behind the scenes to meet entomologist Dr Chris Reid, delve into the Australian Museum Research Institute's entomology collection and understand the crucial role insects play in our world. Then unleash your inner scientist to learn about the processes of classification and identification with real specimens.

The Scientist for a Day program is a full day social and educational workshop for young minds aged 9-12 years, designed to show kids what it’s like to work in different areas of science.



  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Bag
  • Lunch and snacks – there will be no option to purchase food on the day. Weather permitting, lunch will take place in Cook and Phillip Park (across the road from the Australian Museum)
  • Any required medication

Please refer to the AM's refund policy here. Discounted Members tickets will be verified with Members registered for Family Membership benefits. Members Benefits are for registered Members only (kids and /or adults).



Chris Reid

Chris Reid -  Field work on Lord Howe Island

Go behind-the-scenes at the Australian Museum and meet entomologist Dr Chris Reid.

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© Australian Museum

Chris Reid is a research scientist at the Australian Museum, where he has worked for 25 years, specialising in beetles. Chris has published more than 120 scientific articles on beetles. His current research interests are systematics and taxonomy of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) and scarabs (Scarabaeidae), and conservation, biogeography and biosecurity of beetles in the region, including the southwest Pacific and the Indomalayan Archipelago. Chris has produced two apps for the identification of christmas and leaf beetles and several online keys. When not beetling (rare), he enjoys bushwalking, birding, art and textiles.