Bugs at International Museums Creep into Northern Colorado Gallery

By Leisa Taylor Outreach Coordinator November 10, 2019

Rats and beetles and termites, oh my! 

Museum Critters and Contraptions debuts Saturday, Nov. 16, 

at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. 

Anna Lee, a graduate of Colorado State University, 

is curating the display.

This exhibit is a behind-the-scenes look at the most common museum infestations and the tools used to

combat such a pestilence,” said Lee. “In an effort to protect our shared histories, I want to highlight the

risks of ineffectively managing a museum and its archives. This is pest control, museum style.”

Lee has focused on five international museums and their most prevalent culprits: cloth moths at the

Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; rats in the Louvre in Paris, France; flies in the State Hermitage

Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia; termites at the Paulista Museum in São Paulo, Brazil; and carpet

beetles at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.

The 26-year-old Lee received her Bachelor of Fine Art from CSU as well as a Master’s degree in Liberal

Arts. Her primary media are printmaking and drawing. In addition to volunteering at the Global Village

Museum, Lee teaches workshops at the Museum of Art in Fort Collins.

The Global Village Museum is located at 200 West Mountain Avenue. Regular Museum hours are 11

am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call