"The Art & Science of Arachnids" is not your typical "bug" exhibit. It's all about how society perceives arachnids in science, art and culture, inviting guests to experience “creepy” animals in a fun, meaningful way. Cultural connections, and answers to the question of “why are arachnids important to me,” foster a new appreciation of these eight-legged marvels.
100 live arachnids are displayed in 3 self-contained, locked cubes. Each cube has a different theme. The Science Cube discusses not only spiders and scorpions, but introduces guests to other types of arachnids. It also highlights deadly spiders of North America (no live specimens are exhibited). Also, arachnids in medical research is shown. The “Arts” Cube illustrates the importance of arachnids in music, literature, and film. The Culture Cube discusses arachnid conservation, arachnids as food, and arachnid folklore and mythology. Each cube has a TV monitor and video curator who explains the theme of each cube.
Hands-on interactives enhance the experience. Included are opportunities for visitors to engage in a live arachnid meet and greet. Trained keepers will bring the nuances of the species to life with amazing facts and lively tales. Guests will learn what arachnids eat, how they survive in the wild, their natural predators and challenges to their survival, and how – as individuals and families – they can play a vital part in preserving arachnids and their habitats. There are several other stand-alone interactives and displays.
Included in museum admission.
Presenting sponsor of "The Art & Science of Arachnids" is National Exterminating Company Inc.