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The Power of Poison

The Power of Poison is a traveling exhibition, created by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA. This exciting family-friendly exhibition explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth, in a fun, educational and engaging way. 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. Visitors of all ages are taken on a journey through the history of poison, filled with mystery, intrigue, fascinating tales, life-saving cures and live animals!

Terminal2 is the exclusive distributor of The Power of Poison in all territories outside of the United States. To see where the exhibition is currently on display, go to the Terminal2 touring schedule.

Power of Poison the exhibition

Live Animals

Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are just one of many tools in organisms’ struggles to survive. Learn about a variety of evolutionary strategies that serve animals and plants and see live animals, including a gila monster, Flame Butterfly caterpillars, and many others up close.

Poison in myths and history

Find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment, or death by poison – a feature of countless fairy tales, myths, and legends from around the world – contain kernels of truth. Explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today.


Take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology. Also known as the science of detecting poison. And finally, learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them.

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Would you like to receive more information about the interactive family exhibition The Power of Poison or the opportunity to host it? Please contact us for more information.