Spiders – The Exhibition


Meet one of the most successful animal groups on Earth.

Existent since the time of dinosaurs and found in every continent, Spiders - The Exhibition tells the largely untold story of these amazing arachnids. Explore all aspects of a spider’s life - from diet to jaws and venom, how they grow and reproduce and adapt to different habitats. This vibrant, interactive exhibition will intrigue and inform visitors of all ages. Get curious to better understand spiders – one of the most formidable and often feared creatures in Australia but essential survivors in our ecosystem.

Visiting as a Group

A discounted ticket rate is offered to schools and children’s groups (e.g. Scouts, vacation care groups or homeschool networks).
Groups are identified as of 10+ ticketed visitors.

Book your visit

Bookings are essential for all group visitors. A Booking Officer will register your visit and provide an itinerary. For your convenience, groups are invoiced after your visit.

Note: Homeschool groups are requested to pay on the day.

Cost: $10 per student/child (GST free)

Supervising adults are admitted free within the following ratios:

1 adult free per

3 - prep; 5 - primary; 10 - Yr 7-10; 15 - Yr 11-12 and tafe/tertiary 

To book your visit, please complete the School & Group booking form.

To see our Lunchbox options, please download them here.

For questions, please phone our Booking Officer on (07) 3840 7608, weekdays from 8:15am to 3:30pm.

For Teachers

Don’t miss this amazing STEM education experience, available through Term 1, 2020.

With over 200 specimens (both live and preserved), students will investigate animals they would not normally encounter up close. Plus, enjoy a combination of interactive and multimedia activities, creating a space accessible by all ages and learning styles.

You’ll see the unique and diverse adaptations of spiders - as engineers, chemists, fossils, ninjas, dancers and more! 

Don’t miss an authentic example of Science as a Human Endeavour – we share our own recent discoveries. Meet the scientists who have identified four new trapdoor spiders and do your own ‘research’. Help us understand what makes each one special.

Free Exhibition Preview

Queensland Museum offers teachers a self-led professional development opportunity, or pre-viewing to help prepare for your class visit.
Conditions of entry require participating teachers to show staff ID and list email details at exhibition entry. Admission is at staff discretion should small delays apply during peak times. 

Free entry is available to teachers from 6 December, 2019 – 24 March, 2020. 

Learning Resources

Download the Teacher Guide listing Australian Curriculum links, exhibition themes and other Queensland Museum resources supporting this topic. This guide also includes planning and booking advice covering costs, group sizes, free adult ratios and more.

Download the Exhibition Map to see content zones, facilities and access points.

Visiting as a family

Queensland Museum has incorporated a special zone for younger visitors to engage in activities which support their learning.
Challenge your family to a Peacock Spider dance-off, create your own web or build an enormous spider puzzle.
Activities include options for quiet experiences such as spider stories and classifying animals into groups, like a real scientist. 

Families will also enjoy encounters with our professional zoo-keepers who can offer extra encounters, such as spider feeding and other demonstrations. 

Tickets are general admission (no allocated time or date). Avoid queues by pre-purchasing your tickets online.

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