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Spider Pavilion: Where spiders roam free at the Natural History Museum

A huge spider perched on its web
A huge spider perched on its web sez9/flickr

Picture this: you're in an enclosed space filled with cobwebs at every turn. What's that figure moving in the shadows? Take a closer look and you'll realize you're surrounded by some of the largest and most hair-raising spiders from around the world. This is not a haunted maze, but the Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion exhibit, where the eight-legged creatureas roam free.

If you have arachnophobia, don't worry. This exhibit is completely safe and curators take proper precautions to keep visitors calm and well informed. They insure the pathways are cobweb-free and supply information about arachnids before entering.

If you're still feeling a bit uneasy about the Spider Pavilion, this cheerful staff video walks you through the painless experience. Even Off-Ramp once braved the exhibit and made it out alive.

The Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion runs until November 4 and is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. For more information, visit the Natural History Museum's website.

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