Spider Pavilion | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Ignore what you have been led to believe about spiders and discover the fascinating truth about of some of the most misunderstood animals in the world.
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Spider Pavilion

Open September 22 - November 3, 2013

Our one-of-a-kind Spider Pavilion is a beautifully landscaped area on the Museum’s South Lawn where spiders spin their spectacular webs for all to see.

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Tickets are sold in half-hour intervals throughout the day. Every visit to the Spider Pavilion requires a timed ticket for an additional fee, which is available only when purchased with a general admission museum ticket or membership. The price for adding your Spider Pavilion ticket to your museum experience is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. Museum Members receive free admission, but require a timed ticket. To guarantee your spot, we highly recommend you reserve your tickets on-line in advance.  Same day tickets at the door are first-come, first served at any Museum admissions desk or at the Spider Pavilion itself.  The Spider Pavilion is an outdoor special exhibit at NHM.  As such, it is subject to closure at any time due to inclement weather. Weather permitting, the Spider Pavilion is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm, with the last ticket sold at 4:30 pm.

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Welcome to the World of Arachnids!

Before you enter the Spider Pavilion, spend some quality time in the programming area, which is designed to acclimate you to the spider exhibit experience. Learn about spiders and see cases containing special rarely displayed specimens from the Museum’s living collections. Also, take a look at when we've scheduled some our special spider programs and activities that will help to engage the visitor with the exhibit. We've selected some of our favorite pictures over the years to share with you.

See Some Pictures To See What's It's Like Inside

Discover the Truth About Spiders

Examine our free-range spiders in a comfortable, safe, and immersive environment. Our knowledgeable staff is there to guide your experience. Go ahead, ask lots of questions and find out everything you want to know. There is a great deal to learn about these wonderful animals, and you may be surprised at how much false information about spiders has been buzzing around in your head.


Curators' Favorites

Giant wood spider

Nephila maculata

This is the largest species of orb weaving spider in the world. Although it is the size of a chocolate chip cookie, it is not in any way dangerous to humans and can be easily approached. The webs that this species constructs are equally impressive. They can measure up to ten feet across and are strong enough to catch a small bird.

Golden silk spider

Nephila clavipes

This is the largest species of orb weaving spider found in the US. Common in many of the Gulf states, this species can produce webs that are up to three feet in diameter. The silk that they use is one of the strongest biological fibers known to man – five times the tensile strength of steel.

Jewel garden spiders

Araneus sp.

Common in gardens and parks throughout the U.S., these spiders are not generally noticed because they tend not to sit out on the webs they produce. They prefer to build silken retreats near their webs and only dart out from them when prey is detected.

Common orb weavers

Neoscona sp.

These spiders are the most commonly seen orb weavers in the Los Angeles area. At certain times of year, especially the fall months, they can be incredibly numerous. They are not at all dangerous to people and can be easily handled, but prefer not to be removed from the webs that they produce.