Museum in a spin for spider exhibit

Spiders - The Exhibition: Come face-to-face with Australia's arachnids.at Queensland Museum.

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Get a different sort of web experience at Queensland Museum from December.

Get a different sort of web experience at Queensland Museum from December.

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Exhibition explores spider ecology from reproduction to their specialised jaws and silk.

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ARACHNOPHOBES beware. Queensland Museum is set to be invaded by the eight-legged creatures for its new exhibition Spiders - The Exhibition.

Jointly developed by Questacon and Australian Museum, the exhibition will give visitors a chance to come face-to-face with Australia's amazing arachnids.

Guests can see 200 spider specimens and 12 live species including Sydney Funnel Web, Trapdoor, Huntsman, Redback, and Tarantula spiders.

Some of the highlights include the chance to challenge a colourful peacock spider to a dance-off, 'hold' a virtual wolf spider in your hand, take a peek into the insides of a spider using 3D scanning technology and step into the web of a net-casting spider for a photo.

Queensland Museum Network chief executive Jim Thompson said the museum was excited to be hosting an exhibition dedicated to "our eight-legged friends".

Spiders - The Exhibition would allow visitors to explore many facets of spider ecology from reproduction to their specialised jaws and silk, alongside research from museum experts, said Dr Thompson.

"Queensland Museum has one of the southern hemisphere's most active arachnology units and our researchers have described more than 1,000 spider species - which is close to a third of all of Australia's spiders."

The exhibition runs from December 6 - May 4. Tickets online or at the door: $15, $13.50, $12.50, $46.

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