Tapping into our cultural fascination of watching animals eat (seriously, look at the lines at zoos during feeding times), the exhibit offers museum-goers the chance to see turgid orb weaver, golden silk and banded garden spiders create grandiloquent webs and watch them during the infamous feeding time. I salute you, brave cricket. You gave your life so that little Billy could fulfill his curiously sadistic urges. Children can also take part in the Los Angeles Urban Spider Survey wherein the museum urges patrons to bring in any spider they collect.
Also interesting to note, many of the arachnids that were supposed to be in the pavilion were to come from New Orleans, but due to the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, they are being culled from various other parts of the United States. It reminds us of the delicate web we all live on – who would have thought that the hurricane would affect the smallest of critters at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum?
The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., in Los Angeles. Museum hours: Weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.nhm.org or call (213) 763-3466.
Pavilion Special Ticketing: Timed tickets available inside the museum, with first availability for purchase at 10 a.m. and final sale at 4:30 p.m. each day. Price: Adults $3; Students/Seniors $2; Children (5-12) $1; members receive free admission and the first available tickets.