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The Power of Poison

In a walkthrough diorama of a rainforest, a spider and red plant are magnified 3x larger than life

Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. 

Poison Exhibition Walkthrough

Poison Exhibition Walkthrough

The Power of Poison explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth. 

Dramatic dioramas and engaging media presentations introduce poisons, toxins, and venoms, their role in evolutionary strategies, and the role of poison in legends from around the world.

Visitors can wander through an immersive diorama of Colombia’s Chocó Forest, explore some of history's most puzzling poisoning cases through digital interactives, and hear dramatic stories of poisonings and forensic detection in a theater presentation.


" of the most theatrical exhibitions the museum has mounted" − The New York Times

"...exquisitely designed" − Gizmodo

"...thoroughly modern" − Fast Company

The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (