School Groups: Spiders exhibition

What would you see if you had eight eyes? Discover more about these fascinating creatures that pre-date dinosaurs.

Opens: 29 October 2016 - 17 July 2017

Explore the vast world of spiders. Found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, spiders are one of nature’s great success stories.

Spiders will take you through many facets of spider ecology, from reproduction to their specialised jaws and silk.

  • Syllabus links: Science
  • Location: Ground Level
  • Cost: $6 per student. Free general entry for booked school students.
  • Open: October 2016 

The exhibition covers the following themes:

WHAT ARE SPIDERS?

All arachnids have 8 legs, but that doesn’t make a spider. Discover what sets spiders apart from other arachnids.

DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION

Spiders are found everywhere and far higher quantities than you might expect. Explore spider distribution in Australia and find out what’s in your backyard.

REPRODUCTION AND GROWTH

The reputation for eating mates is well-founded amongst spiders. Many males have developed highly complex mating behaviours to navigate the dangerous jaws of a hungry female. Others don’t seem to find the prospect of being devoured that troubling.

SENSING THE WORLD

As premier invertebrate hunters, spiders possess amazing senses. Find out how they see and feel the world around them, seeking their prey and mates in a massive world.

DIET, JAWS AND VENOM

Synonymous with spiders is their venom, which they inject using their fangs. Used to incapacitate and digest their prey, venoms come in a bewildering array of types and effects.

CONTEMPORARY SCIENCE

Come and see live specimens of some of Australia’s most famous spiders. Each spider is housed in its own specialised habitat.

WEBS AND SILK

Not only are spiders excellent hunters, many are also accomplished architects. The complex protein structure of their silk allows spiders to build webs of breathtaking size, shape and complexity. The strength of these webs ensures they can catch the prey they need–sometimes including small birds or lizards.

How to book

Please go to our booking an education group page to make your booking and find out everything you need to know.

Education Kits

The primary and secondary education kits contain background information about spiders, links to the NSW syllabuses, pre-visit and post-visit activities and suggested self-guided activities for school students. Both kits provide two self-guided options and we are also offering a 1 hour educator led-program for primary schools (K-6).


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