Wankhar Entomology Museum


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Wankhar Entomology Museum Overview

Ranked 56 of 43 sightseeing in Shillong
Wankhar Entomology Museum, situated in Shillong, has a vast collection of different species of butterflies, moths, rhinoceros beetles and other stick-insects of different patterns and colors.
Established in the 1930s by the Wankhar family, it is locally known as the Butterfly Museum. Around 1600 species of butterflies and moths which have been collected from all over the world are displayed here. This museum has the honor of being the only known museum in India devoted to moths and butterflies.
Wankhar Entomology Museum has also played an important role in the conservation of rare butterfly and moth species by starting a breeding program. The museum has a few displays providing insight into the life span and habitat of these insects.
Tourists can also visit the Assembly Church of Jesus Christ and St. Joseph's Catholic Church which are situated nearby.
Wankhar Entomology Museum is the best place for the whole family to spend some time learning about these fragile species.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm and on Saturday from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm. An entry fee of INR 25 is levied at the entrance.
Located in Riatsamthiah, one can reach the museum by car, bus or by walking.

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Nitin Pethkar

Nitin Pethkar4.6/5

100 reviews

Only museum devoted to insects

This remarkable one-room display of pinned butterflies, rhinoceros beetles and stick insects is located in the home of the original collector. It's said to be the only museum in India exclusively devoted to moths, butterflies and insects.

Abhijit Gupta

Abhijit Gupta3.2/5

284 reviews

Also known as Butterfly museum

It is a privately owned museum located 2-3 km away from the main point in Shillong, i.e. Police Bazar. This is the museum on moths and butterflies. One can walk up to the museum and have a glimpse of the treasures there.