• arts & culture

8 May 2017

Tiny creatures are set to create a buzz in Melbourne with the announcement that Melbourne Museum will host the Australian premiere of the blockbuster exhibition Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers.

Bugs Dragonfly exhibit. Photo by Joel Checkley.

Bugs Dragonfly exhibit. Photo by Joel Checkley.

Making the announcement today, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said Bug Lab, created by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and creative studio Weta Workshop, will explore the world of bugs and their incredible super powers ranging from camouflage to mind control and super speed.

The exhibition allows visitors of all ages to walk among giant bugs and experience life from their perspective, including exploring the inside of a praying mantis' cocoon.

Weta Workshop is a an Academy Award-winning studio, best known for creating the special effects, costumes and visual effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, King Kong and Avatar.

The exhibition took 40,000 hours to create and brought together the talents of designers, scientists, exhibition developers, bug specialists, and a sound designer.

Specially designed to make learning a fun and immersive experience for the young, and young at heart, the exhibition will also showcase how bugs have been the inspiration for cutting-edge technology in the human world including drones, nanotechnology and even cancer treatments using spider venom.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a special IMAX screening of Bugs: Mighty Micro Monsters 3D. Visitors will also be able to continue their exploration at Melbourne Museum's permanent exhibition Bugs Alive! where they can get up close and personal with live insects, spiders, snails and other bugs.

Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers will run from 23 June – 15 October 2017 at Melbourne Museum.

Visit Melbourne Museum for details