Spider Pavilion | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Ignore what you’ve been led to believe about spiders and discover the fascinating truth about of some of the world’s most misunderstood animals.

Spider Pavilion Introduction Video

The Spider Pavilion is now open through Nov. 8. Haven't had the chance to make it down yet? Check out Brent the Bug Guy as he shows you what you've been missing.
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Spider Season is Open

Spider Pavilion is open now through Nov. 8. Learn more about tarantulas on our YouTube channel.
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Spider Pavilion

Open Now Through November 8, 2009

Our one-of-a-kind Spider Pavilion is a beautifully landscaped area on the Museum’s South Lawn where spiders freely spin their spectacular webs for all to see. Tickets are sold in half-hour intervals throughout the day at a rate of $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. Museum Members are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at any Museum admissions desk or at the Spider Pavilion itself. The Pavilion is open every day of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the last tickets sold at 4:30 pm.

Welcome to the world of arachnids

Before you go into the pavilion, be sure to spend some quality time in our Pavilion’s programming area, which is designed to acclimate you to the spider exhibit experience. Learn all about arachnids in general and see cases containing special rarely displayed items from the Museum’s vast living collections.

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. So 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 10 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 3 feet in diameter. The silk that they use is one of the strongest biological fibers known to man – 5 times the tensile strength of steel.

Jewel garden spiders

Araneus sp.

Common in gardens and parks throughout the US, 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.

Support for Spider Pavilion provided by Western Exterminator Company