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The Spiders Are Coming To The Museum And Art Gallery Of The Northern Territory

November 30, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Spiders are amazing. They are able to spin webs, climb, swim, dance, fish, parachute and even drop a limb when threatened and then grow it back! These intriguing creatures will be on show at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) on the shores of Fannie Bay in our upcoming Spiders exhibition, opening on 15 December.

MAGNT Director, Marcus Schutenko said “This hands-on interactive exhibition allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of spiders. It features fascinating exhibits and interactive displays, along with live spiders and nearly 200 additional specimens that will inspire curiosity about the natural world and give a sense of wonder about the animals themselves.”

Come face-to-face with live spiders including Australian Tarantulas, Giant Water Spiders and deadly Funnel-webs and Redbacks. Suitable for the whole family, the exhibition includes full body experiences that involve competing in a dance-off with a Peacock Spider using gaming technology, holding a virtual spider in your hand, testing the strength of silk, feeling web vibrations and experiencing the jaws of a spider.

Spiders are found in nearly every habitat on Earth and Australia is home to about 2000 different types of them, with over 600 species being found in the Northern Territory. Explore this incredible spider diversity and environments through touchscreens and audio-visuals and learn how they have survived for millions of years.

Budding young scientists can learn spider anatomy by virtually dissecting and viewing spiders from the inside out. The latest spider research is also presented, which highlights recent discoveries and dispels some of the common spider myths.

There will be special spider related children’s activities, so check out our Facebook page and website for all the details. By downloading the Spiders AR app to your Apple or Android device you will be able to use augmented reality (AR) technology to bring six Australian spiders to life, right on your smartphone or tablet. With unique 3D content the hidden world of spiders can be accessed through specially designed promotional material.

MAGNT is proud to be partnering with AANT for the Spiders exhibition which offers current AANT members Adult tickets at Concession rates upon presentation of their valid membership card.

“This is a fascinating exhibition and AANT is proud to be a sponsor” said AANT CEO Anthony Hill. “If you’re looking for something different to do with the kids this school holidays, we encourage members to take the opportunity of the discounted tickets to go and see these amazing spiders up close and personal.”

Showing at MAGNT from 15 December 2018 to 28 April 2019, the Spiders exhibition is jointly developed and toured by the Australian Museum and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

Entry to MAGNT is free, while admission fees apply for the Spiders exhibition (Adults $16, Concession $12,
Children $6)

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