Specialty Entomology Pinning Workshop: July Cicada
Specialty Entomology Pinning Workshop: July Cicada

Specialty Entomology Pinning Workshop: July Cicada

Enter your entomological era! Learn how to scientifically pin and prepare your family Cicadidae specimen for display. Join us in July where we will pin a cicada. 

 In the Entomology Pinning Workshop, you will learn how to:

Rehydrate specimens in a relaxing chamber

Pin Cicadidae specimens scientifically

Display and store unmounted specimens once dried

Following the workshop, take home your pinned specimen to complete the drying process, and use the skills you learned in the workshop to complete your display. 

This hour-and-a-half-long workshop includes our Entomology STEM Pinning Kit, hands-on instruction on how to properly pin a specimen, and museum admission. 

Please come prepared to learn the art and science of Entomology Pinning. This workshop handles deceased insects and is a hands-on experience. This workshop includes detailed work on a small specimen. Participants will be handling deceased insects, using insect forceps to manipulate the specimen, as well as sharp entomology pins. Due to the nature of these tools and materials, participants will be asked to sign a waiver before participating in the workshop and should be 18 years of age or older. 


  • Single Specialty Workshop: $140
  • Options for all 3 facilitated Summer of Cicada workshops: $320
  • If you have taken a previous entomology pinning workshop and will be bringing back your Entomology STEM Pinning Kit for all three workshops, we offer an additional discounted rate. Please check your email for the repinner discount code or reach out to us at info@smm.org if you did not receive this email. 

Workshop Date & Location: 

When: June 21st or 22nd

Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, 120. W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 

When you arrive, visit the Explore Store on level 5. Due to the nature of workshop instruction, there will be limited ability for late seating. Please arrive at 5:00 PM to check in and review the waiver. The workshop will begin at 5:30 PM and run until around 7PM. 

Register for Workshop

Check out our Workshop FAQ page for more information.

Ethics: Sustainability, responsible husbandry, and conservation are core considerations as we develop our entomology products and workshop experiences. We source insects from carefully vetted vendors with those priorities in mind and in alignment with the Science Museum of Minnesota's ethics policy. Learn more here.


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