The Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum

I always thought that if there was something people would never willingly go and stare at, it was the dreaded cockroach. It turns out I was wrong, because someone actually opened a cockroach museum.



The city of Plano, Texas is perhaps the only place in the world where you can find a hall of fame dedicated to the cockroach, one of man’s greatest nemeses. And weirder still is the fact that it was established by a bug exterminator. Michael Bohdan has been fascinated with bugs for as long as he can remember, he loved playing with them when he was a kid and he has been making a living by killing them all his adult life. Bohdan says he has a love-hate relationship with roaches, he loves them in his museum, but he hates them in people’s homes.

Michael Bohdan

Michael Bohdan

At the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum, set up in Michael Bohdan’s pest-control shop, tourists, that aren’t too disgusted by the mere thought of willingly looking at roaches, can see dead cockroaches dressed as famous personalities and set in exotic sets. For example, one of the most popular exhibits of this unusual establishment is Liberoachi, a dead cockroach dressed up in a suit and wearing a mink cape, playing a tiny piano. Liberoachi was donated by an 85-years-old woman from Fort Worth.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Back in the 80’s Michael Bohdan paid $1,000 for the largest cockroach in Texas, which got him an invitation on The Tonight Show. That started the roach craziness and before he knew it, the talented bug exterminator found himself on a tour judging a cockroach dress-up contest. After the promotional tour ended, all the funny-dressed bugs were to be thrown away, but Bodhan decided to keep them and put them on display in Plano. And that’s how the Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum was born. Ever since then the bug-control master has been killing roaches and adding them to his collection.

Ross Peroach

Ross Peroach

Now the famous roach collection features more than 25 dressed-up bugs, including Marilyn Monroach, David Letteroach or Ross Peroach. People tend to act cautious the first time they enter Michael Bohdan’s strange hall of fame, but once they realize most bugs in there are dead, they loosen-up and laugh at the funny exhibits.

I said most of the bugs are dead because Mr. Bohdan has some live cockroaches as well. His prized Madagascar Hissing Roaches are a lot different than the bugs you’re normally used to (unless you live in Madagascar of course). They’re 4 inches long, over one inch thick and make a hissing noise when they’re disturbed. Not a pretty sight unless you are a cockroach aficionado.

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The Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum also offers its guest some very special snacks. Michael Bohdan’s barbecue-flavored Worm Snacks (dried roach larvae) are very popular with the kids, while most grownups politely refuse.

So if you’re ever in Plano, Texas don’t miss the opportunity of visiting what may just be the world’s weirdest museum.

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8 Comments for "The Cockroach Hall of Fame and Museum"

anjeeta says on January 21st, 2009 at 3:41 pm:

eeeeoww this is gross.. I absolutely abhor roaches!!

Glenn says on January 27th, 2009 at 8:52 pm:

Wow. I never would’ve known this existed. Good find!

Descartes says on January 28th, 2009 at 3:06 am:

Well, it takes all kinds

Damian says on May 20th, 2013 at 12:54 pm:

Excellent coverage, thank you! I’m writing a story with a roach character, this will help with my characterisation.

David says on June 17th, 2013 at 3:28 am:

a cockroach can survive an atomic explosion, but not getting stepped on


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