Museum of Tropical Queensland abuzz with creepy crawly fun!

20 December 2009

The Museum of Tropical Queensland will be buzzing with excitement in January when the museum's Creepy Crawlies Alive display and holiday program brings visitors up close to a menagerie of live North Queensland mini-beasts!

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the amazing creatures on display will include insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes and snails, plus some of the insect giants that live in the tropics.

"We've had highly successful insect and spider programs in the past, but this will be one of the museum's largest displays of live creepy crawlies to date," Mr McLeod said. "Visitors will come face to face with dozens of living specimens from giant cockroaches to giant water bugs.

"The Creepy Crawlies Alive display is a great place to get close to these amazing creatures, and it can only be seen at the Museum of Tropical Queensland for three weeks in January," he said.

As well as a chance to see some of North Queensland's weird and wonderful creatures, a full program of creepy crawly craft, games and activities will keep kids busy and having fun.

Museum of Tropical Queensland's Marketing and Public Programs Manager, Mei Nee Cheong, said all the activities in the program were free thanks to the sponsorship of BHP Cannington.

"We have a different led activity each week and are already taking bookings," Ms Cheong said.

"We're also running favourite activities such as story telling, face painting and craft, as well as some exciting new events such as our Bring in a Bug mornings."

The Bring in a Bug events will give locals the opportunity to have a museum entomologist identify any unusual insects from their back yards - as long as they catch it carefully in a lidded jar (children should ask for parents' help).

Creepy Crawlies Alive runs from 5 - 25 January 2010 and a full schedule of events and activities is available at www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au.

Entry to the museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am - 5pm daily except Christmas Day.

Media Contacts:

Mei Nee Cheong 4726 0603 or 0414 264 987

Stephen Wilson 4726 0604 or 0431 334 583