A male Maratus volans peacock spider. Image made available through generous donation of its original author.
Read

What good are spiders?

Apart from their intrinsic right to be here, spiders do humans a power of good as well.

A spider sits atop a pencil.
Read

Why the 2010s were the decade of the peacock spider

How disruptors and digital technology led to a frenzy of scientific discovery.

Trees in Toolangi State Forest
Visit Melbourne Museum

Forest Secrets

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.

Cockroach
Read

Bountiful Mallee

Close encounters with Mallee insects.

Black wasp
Read

Predator vs predator

Wasps give huntsman spiders a taste of their own medicine.

A black and white image of a toadlet.
Read

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.

Female Badge Huntsman Spider underside
Read

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.

Black Rock Scorpion
Read

Scorpion facts and fallacies

Are all scorpions dangerous? Answers to this and other common scorpion questions. 

Read

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?”

External site

Venoms & antivenoms at Museum Victoria

Through necessity, Australia is a world leader in venom and antivenom research.

External site

Help us document biodiversity – record your own sightings

External site

Wolf spiders

Some Wolf Spiders shelter in permanent burrows, others wander during the day.

External site

Spiny Spider

Also known as the Christmas spider or jewel spider.

External site

Redback Spider

Connect with Museums Victoria

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest news about our exhibitions, special events, programs and offers.