Spiders have invaded The Virginia Living Museum. Families can come explore the largest touring arachnid exhibit in the United States, The Art & Science of Arachnids, now through April 10.
Presented by National Exterminating Company, Inc., The Art & Science of Arachnids is not a typical “bug” exhibit, as it invites guests to explore the connections between arachnids (spiders) and the human world in a fun, meaningful and informative way. Learn the connections between arachnids and literature, art, folklore, paleontology, science, and history. More than 100 live arachnids from across the globe are on display in three themed categories focusing on arachnids in science, art, and culture. The exhibit includes rare, seldom seen species, including spiders with unique names like the Bolivian Red Rump Tarantula, and others with hefty appetites like the Brazilian Black and White that rarely refuses a meal.
Come encounter stunning, macro photographic images by famous German photographer, Julian Kamzol, as well as a seven-foot tall statue of the Orb Weaver Spider where guests can make web weavings. Enjoy the live animal show Arachnid or Not? with a live spider meet and greet.
Interactive activities and displays, including musical arachnids, a spider laboratory with hands-on experiments, and a predator-prey technology table allow guests hands-on exploration. Get a little exercise with the Tarantella, an Italian folk dance or relax in the Cob Web Corner to read a book, learn about silk, and compare sizes to that of a prehistoric modern-day arachnid.
Non-flash photography is permitted. For more information, visit the VLM website https://thevlm.org/ or call 757-595-1900.