We already knew that the Museum of Natural History was getting a major makeover. What we didn't know was what exactly that would entail. 

Until now.

Behold, an entire Insectarium and a new Butterfly Vivarium, not to be confused with the already-existing Butterfly Conservatory.

Many of you are (hopefully) excited by this. 

I, for one, am having flashbacks to Honey I Shrunk the Kids and that terrible Spongebob episode where Sandy's pet Wormy turned into a butterfly. But this isn't about me.

According to TimeOut NY, "Both galleries will be loaded with interactive, high-tech exhibits while the Vivarium will also have live butterflies flitting about." This initiative is based off the philosophy of the museum as a place of active scientific learning as opposed to simply being for public exhibitions.

Both new additions to the museum will live in the 235,000-square-foot Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, which is set to open in 2020. 

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The first floor will hold the Insectarium, designed for both family and structured school visits. The second floor will be home to the year-round Butterfly Vivarium. 

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To learn more about AMNH's this project, click here!

[via TimeOut NY] [Feature Image Courtesy American Museum of Natural History]