The Spiders exhibition is a joint project between the Australian Museum and Questacon – The National Science & Technology Centre, Canberra.
This is a face-to-face interactive encounter with over 200 real spider specimens including live Australian Tarantulas, Giant Water Spiders and Redbacks.
Spiders showcases a combination of immersion and information, guiding visitors through the fascinating world of these remarkable arachnids.
With over 200 specimens (live and preserved), Spiders allows people to see creatures they wouldn’t normally encounter up close. A combination of interactives and multimedia creates a space of movement and activity that can be accessed by all ages and interest groups
- Over 200 real spider specimens including live spiders
- Labels and text panels
- 11 interactive exhibits including a Spider Jaw game, Kinect Spider Dance-off, touchscreens and Augmented Reality Spiders
- AV of spider behaviors and interviews with Spider scientists
- Spider models
- Fossils and spiders in amber
- Contemporary science including research highlights by Dr Mike Gray, Dr Robert Raven, Dr My Hedhammar, Dr Amber Beavis, Peter Gorham.
Themes & specifications
What is a spider
Visitors to Spiders are dared to enter into the world of hunting, burrowing and weaving spiders and learn the origin of arachnids from a time before dinosaurs. This is illustrated with fossils and amber from the Australian Museum collection.
Spider diversity & distribution
The diversity of spiders is a major theme of the exhibition and a family tree illustrated with real spider specimens begins the journey into understanding some of the 48,000+ species from around the world. Using 3D scanning technology an interactive touchscreen demonstrates spider anatomy as visitors virtually dissect and view spiders from the inside out.
Spiders inhabit just about every corner of the globe and the range of habitats can be explored through touchscreens with audio visual content and interactive spider environments.
Stunning world first footage of the phenomenal 3mm long Peacock Spider and his mating ritual introduce the visitor to the dangerous world of spider reproduction.
Just how these creatures have survived millions of years all over the world is unveiled through an explanation of venom, silk, movement, vision and vibrations. This content involves hands-on interactives, models and live deadly Funnel-web and Redback spider specimens.
Spider science discoveries
There is a constant stream of new science discoveries in the field of arachnology and venom and silk technologies that are highlighted in the exhibition with interviews with scientists and remarkable film footage. Traditional Indigenous knowledge systems are also included to add to our understanding of spiders, silk and venom.
Venue gallery size: 500m2 (flexible layout)
Conservation & security: specialist staff required to maintain the care & display of the live exhibits
Standard rental length: 3 month minimum
Install and de-install time: up to 10 working days for each
Rental fee & freight costs: To be negotiated
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Borrow our Spiders Museum in a Box®. Each box contains a collection of real Museum specimens and objects, education resources, dioramas and information.
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- 30 June to 28 October 2018 – Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania.
- 15 December 2018 to 28 April 2019 –Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin.
- 6 December 2019 to 4 May 2020 – Queensland Museum, Brisbane.