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The Power of Poison exhibition opens May

Truman Brewery hosts interactive exhibition from 16th May.

The Power of Poison

Discover the alluring, seductive and terrifying role of poisons and how they affect our everyday lives through nature, myth, medicine and healing, come face to face with the world’s most dangerous animals and turn forensic detective by using clues to solve famous poisonings at The Power of Poison exhibition, which opens at London’s Truman Brewery 16th May.

The exhibition reveals the strange and intriguing things that happen when humans and toxic substances collide.

What evolved in animals and plants as a defence against predators or a means of preying has been used by humans throughout history for magic, murder, villainy and, more recently, to create ground-breaking medical breakthroughs.

Visitors will encounter some of history’s most puzzling poisoning cases, step into the pages of fairy tales, use clues to solve poisoning mysteries, and take part in a live theatre presentation to help unravel a real-world case of poisoning as this fascinating exhibition examines how toxins shape our lives.

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This new, family-friendly special exhibition creates an engaging and immersive environment through the use of interactive components, models, multimedia and live animals. Whether as a defence against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is filled with mystery, intrigue, fascinating tales and surprising benefits.

Mark Siddall, curator of the original American Museum of Natural History Exhibition said: “Millions of years of evolutionary history have produced a rich diversity of poisons across all groups of plants and animals, an arsenal of biochemical weapons. In this exhibition we illuminate how poison is used in the natural world and the evolutionary history behind it, as well as the ways in which people have used poisons to try and understand their powers through the centuries.”

Tickets go on general sale Friday 13th March and are available from and on 020 3773 8995.

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