Santa Fe insect museum to close

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – A popular attraction says it is being forced to close to make room for a big box store that is taking up the space. The Harrell House Bug Museum has been around for almost a decade and teaches children and adults how to love and appreciate insects, reptiles, and other creatures.

Museum founder Wade Harrell says he was only given 23 days’ notice to close and calls it a devastating blow. “It kinda stunned us because in the past when we were in the other mall we were always given at least a decent amount of time. So we’re disappointed with this, ”said Harrell House Bug Museum founder Wade Harrell.

Harrell and his wife first opened a kiosk, and then eventually a store, in the DeVargas mall; before moving to the Santa Fe Place Mall in May of this year as their exhibits grew. However, last week Harrell said the Santa Fe Place Mall informed him that a larger retail store had rented the space on a permanent basis and they were to be away. Harrel says he and his wife just don’t have any movement in them anymore.

“My wife and I are just very tired and we just don’t have the resources to make another move,” Harrell said.

Regarding the bugs and reptiles living inside the museum, Harrell says he’s confident they’ll find a safe place for them, but what worries him is taking out all the physical items. exhibitions before the January 3 deadline. The Santa Fe Place Mall says they’ve given them a more desirable location inside the mall, but Harrell says they’re done. The Harrell House Bug Museum will remain open seven days a week until its last day, December 30.

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