Our Collection

Our collection has been hand selected and curated by Nina Salem. She has privately sourced every piece of the collection through ethical and legitimate means. Nina Loves to focus on sustainable foraging and only removing things that will never be missed in nature. The vast majority of our collection is antique, which sets us apart from most other major insect collections. With insects dating back to 1910, this unique array of specimen are sure to create a buzz!

Our Roots

As a young girl, Nina grew up deep in the woods of New England. Her parents loved being in nature and took Nina hiking everywhere, because of this she developed a strong passion for the outside world at a very accelerated rate. She started collecting things she found along the way of every adventure she took. To this day the adventures never stop and the story of those journeys keep growing.

Our Family

Nina Salem (She/Her): Founder & CEO

Martina Richter (She/Her): Office Support

Ash Marie(She/Her): Office Manager

Carson Edfors (They/Them): Intern Manager

India Bindi (She/Her): Board Chairman & Secretary

Christine Sturges (She/Her): Treasurer (photo by Alexander Gouletas)


Alice Finch (She/Her): Critical Support Team Lead and Ridiculously Good Friend.

Our family is small but ever growing! 

Get in contact with us today to find out how you can become a member.

312-961-7219 or theinsectasylum@gmail.com

We are officially a non-profit organization!! 


Media links:

The Chicago Scene



TIME OUT CHICAGO voted Avondale No. 16 in the worlds coolest neighborhoods article and gave us a shout out!

Timeout Chicago’s TIA Article

The Logansquarist



Mina Bloom at Block Club Chicago did such an incredible job writing this article and we are honored she was able to do so! 

Chicago Yimby also wrote some kind words here: 

Who is Nina Salem? | PROFILES Ep. 13: Video created By Pink Room Studios

Collection Info By Pink Room Studios

Eco Sustainability and class room time By Pink Room Studios 

Interview with Angela Moy Of NTD TV Network 

Free spirit Media circa 2018