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Dubuque's River Museum now home to some creepy creatures

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque has a new, creepy collection just in time for Halloween.

The museum added invertebrates, including two tarantulas, a scorpion, beetles and a millipede.

"Just to get some more variety, some more options for our outreach. And obviously with Halloween coming, it's a good opportunity to bring them out for the mad scientist party," said Andy Allison, director of living collections.

These creepy creatures will stay in the basement most of the time, not available for visitors to view. Instead, they'll use bring them to homes, parties and schools in an effort to educate and bring more people to the museum.

And while they might give you that involuntary shiver down your spine, Allison says they play an important role.

"The reasons we wanted invertebrates, is because we have very few invertebrates in our collection, previously. But invertebrates, insects, spiders, they make up some of the most common animals that are out there in the planet," he said.

Before you get freaked out, Allison says you'll likely never see any of these creatures in the wild here in Iowa.

"No, we don't have anything of that size in our local area, but we still need to tell the story," he said.

These creatures will be brought out for the museum's mad scientist party on Sunday.

For more details on that party, visit www.rivermuseum.com.

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