June 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Ignite your curiosity. Conquer your fears.

Get up close and personal with one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures.

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The average spider bite is less severe than a bee sting.

The Exhibition

Spiders are one of the most remarkable animals on the planet! They spin webs, dance, swim, and even grow back lost limbs. Come face-to-face with nearly 400 live and preserved amazing arachnids in Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Entangle yourself in the world of spiders with the ROM Spider Lab, challenge a Peacock spider to a dance-off, explore a recreated spider cave, and experience a web of hands-on interactives, incredible augmented reality, and more!

Descriptive Audio Tour

Download the playlist in advance.

Download the transcript here.

Some spider webs contain over 3,000 attachment points.

Science & Nature

What came first, the spider or the dinosaur? Are spiders insects? What’s stronger, steel or spider silk? Discover the answers to these questions and many more. Find out why spiders should be admired, not feared, and what makes them one of the world’s greatest creatures—and a vital part of our ecosystem.

Cultural Impact

From one of the largest movie and comic book franchises to cultural myths, stories, and traditions around the globe, and even some of the most stunning fashion designs the world has seen, spiders are a major cultural influence in our lives. Spiders explores the impact arachnids have on human creativity.

Spider blood is blue or green (it doesn’t have the iron that makes human blood red).

Upcoming Programs

Take your Spiders experience to a whole new level with this amazing assortment of programs and events.

Friday, June 29 to Monday, July 2
Friday, June 29. Events runs from 7:00 - 11:30 PM
Friday, July 6, 2018, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Developed by the Australian Museum and toured by Flying Fish

ROYAL EXHIBITIONS CIRCLE:
Jack L. Cockwell
Gail & Bob Farquharson
Chris & Kasia Jamroz
Robert E. Pierce & Family
Stephen Smith & Diane Blake
James & Louise Temerty
Richard Wernham & Julia West
Jeff Willner & Family
Anonymous

An exhibition developed by the Australian Museum and toured by Flying Fish. The ROM is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Photos, from top to bottom:
1) House Spider (parasteatoda tabulata). Credit: Sean McCann.
2) Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus). Credit: Sean McCann.
3) Golden Silk Orbweaver (nephila clavipes). Credit: Sean McCann.
4) Orchard Spider also known as Long-jawed Orbweaver (leucauge venusta). Credit: Sean McCann.
Cobwebs by Alex Muravev from the Noun Project.