The Art & Science of Arachnids
January 20, 2018 – April 10, 2018
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).
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.
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.
Live animal shows also part of the exhibit.
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601