January 20, 2018 – April 10, 2018
Member Preview, January 20, 9-11am
Open to Public 11am
Explore the connections between arachnids (spiders) and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history, in the largest, touring arachnid exhibit in the United States, featuring three-themed, live spider cubes (Science, Art, and Culture).
“The Science Cube discusses arachnids that are not spiders or scorpions, deadly spiders of North America, and arachnids in medicine. The Arts Cube illustrates the connection we have with arachnids in film, literature, and music. The Culture Cube highlights arachnid folklore and mythology, arachnid conservation, and arachnids as food,” as stated by Build4Impact.
View more than 100 live arachnids in the themed cubes from across the globe, including rare, seldom seen species, spiders with unique names (Bolivian Red Rump Tarantula), or with hefty appetites (Brazilian Black and White: terrestrial, voracious eaters, rarely refusing a meal). Visitors of all ages learn and explore the interesting lives of arachnids and their contributions to science, art, and culture.
Encounter stunning, macro photographic images by famous German photographer, Julian Kamzol, as well as a seven-foot tall spider statue (orb weaver spider) that can be used to make web weavings.
Interactive activities and displays, including musical arachnids, a spider laboratory (hands-on experiments), and a predator-prey technology table (build a predator or prey robot) allow guests to explore relationships. Learn how arachnids grow and adapt (fangs, stingers, and claws) or assemble a large arachnid puzzle while learning the anatomy of a spider. If a little exercise strikes you, learn the Tarantella, an Italian folk dance. Guests can take a relaxing break in the Cob Web Corner to read a book, learn about the types and properties of silk, or compare your size to that of a prehistoric modern-day arachnid.
You will walk away amazed by the varied connections arachnids have to literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history!
Bring your camera: Non-flash photography is permitted! Live animal shows also part of the exhibit.