The Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in NHM's new airier and roomier outdoor pavilion. The first exhibit of its kind in the United States, the Spider Pavilion has been a seasonal highlight at NHM since its inception in 2004 and is now being emulated at other institutions across the country.
Guests will have the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the spiders' habitat and witness the day-to-day lives of these often misunderstood, but uniquely talented creatures. A Spider Den will house various species –including the pink toe tarantula and the jumping spider –in enclosed habitats. Inside the pavilion, visitors will walk among orb weavers and their intricate webs while learning from Gallery Interpreters about these remarkable arachnids.
The new pavilion space at NHM joins the Museum's outdoor Nature Gardens and indoor Nature Lab where visitors have on-site opportunities to learn about insects and other species in the urban environment. Angelenos can actively participate in aSpider Survey, as part of the Urban Nature Research Center's citizen science initiative, which asks citizen scientists to collect the spiders they find in their own homes, gardens and neighborhoods; observe their characteristics and fill out a data sheet; and bring the spiders to NHM where Museum scientists are completing research on the diverse urban spider population of our city. To date, nearly 6,000 individual spiders found at all reaches of Los Angeles County have been discovered and submitted through the Spider Survey.
The Spider Pavilion is open daily from October 30 to December 11, 2016.
10 am–5 pm
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Museum Members and children age 2 and under are admitted to the Spider Pavilion for free. Prices for General Admission plus the Spider Pavilion are as follows: Adults, $17; Students and seniors, $14, Children (3–12), $8.
Regular museum admission is: Adults, $12;
Students and seniors, $9; Children (3-12), $5. Museum members and children age 2 and under are admitted for free.
Advance timed tickets are highly recommended and available at nhm.org/spiders.
About the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. It is open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history -- with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education.
The Spider Pavilion at NHM is proudly sponsored by Western Exterminator.