This week, ExplorationWorks! in Helena closed its doors in order to install its latest exhibit: The Art and Science of Arachnids.
The exhibit will open Friday, June 2nd.
More than 100 live arachnids are included in the display, each with an explanation of where they can be found in the world and interesting facts about them.
While the exhibit goes into detail about each of the animals, it also explains how they play a role in many aspects of human life.
For the exhibit's creator, that makes humans the real focus.
"Everything you look at tells you why these animals matter to you and why they are important,” says exhibit creator Aaron Cleveland of Build 4 Impact. "So there's things about arachnids and medicine, arachnids in the arts, there's things about arachnid conservation, even arachnids in food if you're a foodie. So, there's something for everybody.”
"They have something that touches on something that everyone sees” says ExplorationWorks! Marketing Director Kari Gagner, “Everyone has seen a spider, maybe not everyone a scorpion, but to be able to bring that education, not only about the science aspect, but the art and culture that goes along with it, is great."
The Art and Science of Arachnids exhibit at ExplorationWorks! runs through Labor Day.
ExplorationWorks! is located at 995 Carousel Way; call 406.457.1800 for more information.