What good are spiders?
Apart from their intrinsic right to be here, spiders do humans a power of good as well.
Why the 2010s were the decade of the peacock spider
How disruptors and digital technology led to a frenzy of scientific discovery.
At the heart of the museum is a piece of Victoria's mountain landscape with tall eucalypts, ferns, rare plants and wildlife. Delve in to the secrets of our Forest Galley.
Predator vs predator
Wasps give huntsman spiders a taste of their own medicine.
Close encounters with Mallee insects.
Under fire: The animals threatened by Australia’s bushfire crisis
If there’s one place in the world that knows about extinction, it’s a natural history museum.
Is my spider a boy or a girl?
At some times in a spider’s life it is easy to tell, but at other times it can be impossible.
Scorpion facts and fallacies
Are all scorpions dangerous? Answers to this and other common scorpion questions.
Your eight-legged housemates
At Museums Victoria we are often asked: “What kind of spider is this? It was in my house! Is it dangerous?”
Nemo found: new species of dancing peacock spider named
Meet the newest dancing peacock spider, Maratus nemo.
Glowing animals: understanding bioluminescence and biofluorescence
What do a Platypus, a Dragonfish and a Scorpion all have in common?
Top spider myths
A myth for each leg: from the deadly Daddy Long-legs to swallowing spiders in your sleep.
Live bugs, in a museum?
What does the thought of picking up a bug do to you? It’s just a day in the life for our Live Exhibits keepers.
Venoms & antivenoms at Museum Victoria
Through necessity, Australia is a world leader in venom and antivenom research.
Help us document biodiversity – record your own sightings
Some Wolf Spiders shelter in permanent burrows, others wander during the day.
Also known as the Christmas spider or jewel spider.