“Spiders Alive!”

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Photograph: Roderick MIckens
Mexican red knee spider
American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side Until Sunday November 29 2015
Be thankful that the live specimens featured here are behind glass. We’re not sure what we’d do if we saw a foot-long Goliath bird-eater roaming around Central Park (lucky for us, it’s native to South America). It’s worth getting over your arachnophobia to discover how the creepy crawlers manufacture silk and benefit the globe by controlling insect populations ($25, seniors and students $19, children 2–12 $14.50, children under 2 free).
Venue name: American Museum of Natural History
Address: Central Park West at 79th St
New York
Opening hours: Daily 10am–5:45pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; 1 to 79th St
Price: $25, seniors and students $19, children 2–12 $14.50, children under 2 free

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Eric G

Cool exhibit of spiders. You get to see many of them encased. None of them were poisonous. Way too short for the amount you have to pay.