The exhibit chronicles Shahan's tireless search for arthropods, a venture that has made him an advocate for education about the role these tiny beasts play in our lives.
Entertainment will be provided by the “Bug Chicks,” a group of insect scientists who will inform and enlighten audiences on the secret life of bugs through performances and anecdotes.
Other bug-themed activities are planned, including edible bugs and bug products, bug sounds and a table for children to build their own bugs.
Summit Toys has provided a donation of Backyard Safari gear to hand out to children during the reception.
The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with free admission to the museum on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is always free on Mondays.
Admission prices on other days are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors 65 and up and $3 for ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families.
The museum on the University of Oklahoma campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.