University of Alaska Museum presents Leggy. Live Spiders and Their Relatives

The University of Alaska Museum presents Leggy. Live Spiders and Their Relatives an exhibition on view through May 5, 2012.

This exhibit explores the wildlife that lives among us, spiders and insects of the phylum Arthropoda. These creatures are known for their many legs and their many relatives. They are the most numerous and adaptable creatures on the planet.


• Live arthropods – spiders, tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, walking sticks, and more.

• A darkened gallery where visitors can enter the secret world of nocturnal insects.

• Cameras that explore animal lairs.

• Videos of arthropod behavior – spiders spinning, beetles stalking.

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a thriving visitor attraction, a vital component of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the only research and teaching museum in Alaska.

The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research. –

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