Video: Walking with Arachnids in the Natural History Museum's Spider Pavilion

As mentioned in our latest "Museum Openings this Week" post, the Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum opens to the public on Sunday. We stopped by during Friday's member preview day to shoot this video.

Every spring the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opens up their pavilion, letting you walk through a spectacular environment of butterflies. Save for the rare lepidopterophobic, this is an enjoyable experience. But when fall comes, staffers at the museum go with the season and change things up, creating the Spider Pavilion.

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This gives a lot of people the heebie jeebies, but that's part of the point. Spiders are not out to get humans, and they are not inclined to bite us. If they do, there are only two species in the Los Angeles area that are dangerous to humans -- the Black Widow and the Brown Widow (note that the Brown Recluse is missing from this list as it is an urban legend), both which are found outside the pavilion inside enclosed cases. So entering the pavilion is a way to see spiders up close and personal on their own terms while hopefully getting over any anxieties you have over them.

The pavilion, found on the museum's south lawn, is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., from September 25th to November 6th. Tickets are sold in half-hour intervals throughout the day (last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m.) for $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and $1 for children. More information can be found on the museum's website.

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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Creeepy!!! Im so gonna do this on Sunday! Thanks, Zach for allowing me to help you with this video. Being ever so slightly arachnophobic, i found this difficult to edit at first but after spending a little time looking at these giants i must see them in person!
Thanks again :)