All Ages


a large spider

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

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

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.

More Information

If you are interested in visiting us and are looking for more general information, please visit our Educators web page, which will link you to bookings, shows, visiting information, workshops etc.

Australian Curriculum Codes

'Core codes' are directly related to information found in this exhibition. 'Related codes' are related to information which may be found in this exhibition.