Is your spider sense tingling? There’s a new exhibition Spiders opening at Newcastle Museum tomorrow and it’s fantastic. I must admit I’m not a big fan of spiders especially after finding a Huntsman spider in my house this week.

However, attending a sneak peek of the Spiders exhibition won me over. In my opinion, it’s one of the best exhibitions I’ve seen at Newcastle Museum. It’s educational as you would expect, but it’s also so much fun.

It’s also given me new respect for spiders. As the exhibition reveals, spiders are incredible creatures. They can spin webs, climb, swim, dance, parachute and they can even drop a limb when threatened and grow it back.

I highly the rate Spiders exhibition. It is teeming with things to see and do and will be a hit with the entire family even those who aren’t big fans of these 8-legged creatures.

The stars of the shows are the spiders though. Throughout the exhibition, you’ll see live spider exhibits, safely behind a thick layer of glass. It’s a great chance to see spiders up close without fear that it will kill you! Also, a learning opportunity to show kids what the dangerous spiders so they can steer clear.

Developed and toured by the  Australian Museum and Questacon, the Spiders exhibition features many interactive features.

These are my top three favourites:

1. Peacock Spider Dancing

This interactive feature will have you and a friend competing to dance like a peacock spider attracting a mate.

2. Jaws

Think Hungry Hippos with spider pincer jaws that you need to use to capture balls.

3. Arachno-Phonics

A fun listening game where you have to match the sound to its source.

This exhibition is suited to a wide age range from pre-schoolers to adults. Tweens and teens will even enjoy it.

Throughout the venue there are interesting things to touch, listen to and look at to learn more about spiders. Don’t miss peering through the spider vision viewer, feeling web vibrations and testing spider web strength.

I was lucky enough to get a tour of the exhibition from Museum Manager Julie Baird. She’s pumped about the new exhibition and encourages locals and visitors alike to visit. “Spiders will be a once in a lifetime experience, with engaging and fun interactives for all ages. It will amuse, educate, and excite you, whether you’re already a fan or you’re curious to learn more about these remarkable creatures.”

The Spiders exhibition runs at Newcastle Museum from February 24 to 29 April 2018.


Child (over 3 years of age) – $7
Concession – $10
Adult – $15
Family (2 adults + 2 children) – $35