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Web-slinging wonders and spider-man 2

A series of free Darwin Centre Live events at
the Natural History Museum
Thursday 15 to Friday 18 July

Webcast live at

He may have defeated the Green Goblin in the last Spider-Man film, and be coming back for more but how does Spider-man measure up to real life web-slinging wonders? Join the Natural History Museum’s very own spider-man and spider-woman for a series of free Darwin Centre Live events to see how the superhero’s talents compare to the real thing and to question if the movies are giving our eight-legged friends a bad name.

Spider-Man Unweaved
Thursday 15 July, 14.30
Friday 16 July, 14.30

As Spider-Man 2 launches in the UK, join the Museum’s very own spider-man Paul Hillyard to find out how the superhero’s amazing abilities really compare to those of our eight-legged friends

Spiders in the Movies
Saturday 17 July, 12.00 and 14.30
Sunday 18 July, 12.00 and 14.30

From radio-active spiders that can give you ‘spider sense’ (Spider-Man), to giant jungle beasts running rampage through small USA towns (Arachnophobia) – Hollywood loves a spider scare story. Join the Museum’s own spider-woman, Janet Beccaloni, to explore the myths behind the movies and find out where film and fact meet.

Darwin Centre Live in the GlaxoSmithKline Studio at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information, please contact the Natural History Museum by calling 020 7942 5000 or visit

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Visitor information
Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 July
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Entry: free to all

The Natural History Museum is open
Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.50, Sunday - 11.00 - 17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Entry to the Museum: FREE

For images or further information, please contact:

Jo Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communication PR
Tel: 020 7942 5880/5881
Email: or
(not for publication)

Issued May 2004