American Museum of Natural History "The Power of Poison" Exhibit

In the natural world, poisons are simply part of the daily struggle to survive. The astonishing variety of evolutionary adaptations among toxic plants and animals is at the heart of the new "The Power of Poison" intriguing exhibition, which also examines humans’ attempts to understand poisons’ potency, how the science of detecting poison developed, and how researchers today use venoms and other natural toxins to develop new medical treatments.

The Power of Poison Exhibit American Museum of Natural History

Fun for all ages, visitors will be able to interact with an "enchanted" book and watch animations of well-known poisonous plant species "magically" appear; discover live species including poison dart frogs, spiny caterpillars, a gila monster, Chilean rosehair tarantula, and more; trek through a remote Colombian forest; encounter some of history’s most puzzling poisoning cases, use clues to solve poisoning mysteries; and take part in a live theater presentation to help unravel a real-world case of poisoning.

Famous scenes in the exhibition depict the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Snow White, and a famous scene in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which features a trio of witches dropping gruesome ingredients into a boiling cauldron.

The Museum is open daily, 10 am–5:45 pm, but is closed on Christmas. For additional information, call 212-769-5100 or visit the Museum’s website,

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