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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.


Exhibition overview

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

Features:

  • 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.

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Themes & specifications

Themes

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.

Spider reproduction

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.

Spider survival

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.


Specifications

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


Education resources

Education Resources

Educate and engage your audiences with these exciting education programs.

Borrow our Spiders Museum in a Box®. Each box contains a collection of real Museum specimens and objects, education resources, dioramas and information.



Touring itinerary


Watch the spiders come to life!

Scan spiders and image tokens using the app to bring them to life.

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Make an enquiry

For more information on the Australian Museum touring exhibitions, please contact Louise Teteris, Project Coordinator, Touring Exhibitions.


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