The Power of Poison
May 27–September 4, 2017
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery
Discover poison’s power at a new exhibition that will take your whole family on an adventure through the natural world this summer at The Power of Poison. Packed with interactive exhibits, live animals, and amazing gallery design, this family-friendly exhibition explores poison’s role in nature, literature, and culture, so there is something for everyone.
First, you and your family will journey down a realistic jungle path where you can check out a live golden poison frog or examine oversized replicas of poisonous creatures. As you explore the wooded path, designed to look like a remote Columbian forest, learn about how plants and animals use toxins to protect themselves and the amazing poisons and chemicals that have evolved in nature.
The exhibition transforms as you step into a fairytale scene to discover the role that poison has played in myth and culture. Snow White slumbers while a trio of witches brew something sinister in a bubbling cauldron in life-sized dioramas.
Watch the story of an ancient poisoning play out on terracotta pots, or be amazed as illustrations digitally appear at the touch of your hands as you turn the heavy, cloth pages of a giant “enchanted” book.
Then, put on your detective hat to solve a poisoning mystery using iPads, and discover how scientists are using poison’s powers for good to round out an amazing museum experience for your whole family.
Members only pay $3 to experience this summer's blockbuster.
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The Power of Poison features a live golden poison frog and tarantula in its exhibits. Meet additional live animals in the gallery every day from 2:15–2:30 p.m.
Photography is permitted in The Power of Poison. However, to protect the live animals in the exhibition, using a flash is prohibited.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History welcomes all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities.
To request special disability accommodations for our special programs, please contact Leah A. Morelli at 412.622.6578 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To request special disability accommodations, please contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities.
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The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org).
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