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.


Free for ROM Members

Free tours in English and French available. More information.

Descriptive Audio Tour

Download the playlist in advance.

Download the transcript here.

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. Entangle yourself in the world of spiders when you come face-to-face with nearly 400 amazing live and preserved arachnids in Spiders: Fear & Fascination.

Experience a web of hands-on interactives, incredible augmented reality, challenge a peacock spider to a dance-off, explore a recreated spider cave, and more! Get up close to the world of arachnids like never before with the ROM Spider Lab. See daily live specimen demonstrations - including venom milking - from our team of expert Spider Wranglers.

Spider Lab Schedule*

Weekdays between 10:30 AM-4:00 PM

Weekends between 10:30 AM-5:00 PM

*Spider Lab times are subject to change. Daily schedule available on site.

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.

Most tarantulas don’t bite—they flick barbed hairs into the face of their attacker.

Spider Videos

Developed by the Australian Museum and toured by Flying Fish

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

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.