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Know any kids who could rival this guy in a dance-off? Get funky with a giant Peacock Spider at our Silent Disco on this Wednesday! Book now >>>

Amazing photos by Jurgen Otto.
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01/20/2017 at 21:07. Facebook
Spotted a Granny Smith lately? A Furry-tailed Prince? A Campfire Beetle perhaps? Identify these festive flyers using their new common names on our free Xmas Beetle ID app!

Which beetle is which?
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01/20/2017 at 06:00. Facebook
This Wednesday night experience landmark documentary '88'. The film explores the events that led up to the 1988 bicentennial protest, where over 30,000 Aboriginal Australians marched as a reminder that white Australia has a black history. #CultureUpLate

Film Screening: '88'
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01/19/2017 at 06:00. Facebook
Brain scans of our century-old thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) specimen have revealed new information about its intelligence and social life — more than 80 years after the species became extinct.

Brain structure of Tasmanian tiger revealed
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01/18/2017 at 06:15. Facebook
We don't want to alarm you, but giant spiders are crawling the streets of Sydney! Download our app to bring them to life (and take a #spiderselfie if you dare.)

Spiders – Alive & Deadly App
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01/17/2017 at 06:00. Facebook
From the 1860s, AM Curator Gerard Krefft saw the potential for photography to capture the specimens he was collecting. To get the light needed for the long exposures of early cameras, specimens were often taken outdoors into the AM’s gardens to photograph. Here, a very casual Krefft reads the newspaper with a freshly caught Alfred Manta (Ceratoptera alfredi) in the AM courtyard, 1868. Photo by...
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01/16/2017 at 06:00. Facebook
Grab a drink in the Atrium pop-up bar, relax to DJ Robbie Buck, catch contemporary Pacific artist Sione Falemaka’s interactive weaving and beading demonstrations, eat some sustainable bugs and explore the entire museum at night. This Wednesday, 5-9pm! #cultureuplate

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Here's three year old Teddy looking pretty chuffed with the spider he made for our giant Spider Craft web. (We can see why, it's awesome.)

We're all about spiders, bugs and butterflies these school holidays:
Why are we finding so many new dinosaurs? We’re in a golden age of discovery – and the fossils coming to light show dinosaurs were stranger, bigger, and more diverse than we ever imagined!

Night Talk: Weird Dinosaurs with John Pickrell
Did you know spiders evolved more than 300 million years ago? That's way before dinosaurs walked the earth! Those ancient spiders didn't build webs, but sought the safety of burrows underground.

Thanks to @joshbonnet for capturing this Golden Huntsman in our Spiders - Alive and Deadly exhibition. Come and see him for yourself >>>
Today we honour the life of a very special AM volunteer, Heather Joynes (pictured right).

Heather started working as a voluntary conservator at the AM in the 1970s and ended up spending more than 35 years in our materials conservation unit. Among the many pieces she worked on were a Tibetan bone apron, a Balinese painting cloth, a Canadian button blanket and, most importantly, the mending of...
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Ever seen an X-ray of a 2800-year-old Egyptian mummy? This one was taken in the 1970s and led to the conclusion that the mummy was that of a middle aged man with arthritis. Then in 2014, a CT scan conducted at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital provided some pretty exciting results - including a general consensus that the body is actually that of a middle aged female!...
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Would you crunch on a cricket? Munch on a mealworm? We're open late tomorrow (Wednesday) night from 5pm-9pm and adventurous food options are just the beginning! >>> #CultureUpLate #iloveSydney

Where you can dine on a cockroach canape in Sydney
The fact this wasp is dragging a huntsman spider across the room is probably the least creepy part of the story, as David Bock, Coordinator of the Australian Museum's Search and Discover team explained to Mashable Australia.

"The wasp will then lay a single egg in it, the baby will hatch out and then it'll start to eat the spider alive. It eats the spider bit by bit, leaving the vital organs...
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Here's a huge wasp dragging a huntsman spider around a kitchen
Introducing the most delicious Christmas Beetle we know - the Cashew Beetle! Another of the nine newly named species of NSW Christmas Beetle. Thanks to Jordon L.B for this one. If you spot a Cashew Beetle, or any other Chrissy Beetles over the Summer, make sure you ID them using our new Xmas Beetle ID app - available on the App store and Google Play. #Cashew #beetle #christmasbeetle
We know a spider's bite can hurt, but did you know its venom may help treat pain too? Learn more, and watch spiders milked for their venom daily at the Venom Lab. Book now>>>
Did you know butterfly wings are covered with tiny scales, each a single colour? Be surrounded by these beautiful creatures in the Butterfly Tent - part of our exciting School Holidays program!
TONIGHT from 6pm check out our new exhibition Spiders – Alive & Deadly with 2-for-1 entry. Meet a scientist or watch an artist making work inspired by our collection, witness a spider being milked in our Venom Lab, listen to live music in the Atrium and explore the entire museum at night!

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'The colors of this chrysalis are varied and vivid in the extreme, and the whole possesses a splendid metallic lustre."

From the 1850s, sisters Helena and Harriet Scott collected, studied and drew the butterflies and botany of New South Wales in precise detail. See the Scott Sisters' extraordinary work, and watch their art come to life through animated projections. The Scott Sisters...
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Professor Tim Flannery has made remarkable discoveries in palaeontology, mammology and environmental science. Find out what inspired him to become a scientist, hear about his time spent working at the AM, and learn details of his most recent expeditions to the Solomon Islands.

AMplify ep 24: Professor Tim Flannery - Australian Museum