Poisonous Vs. Venomous: The Power of Poison

Strychnine, cyanide, arsenic… As a crime fiction devotee, you know all about poisons.

Or do you?

The Power of Poison, a new exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City might just teach you a thing or two about toxic substances and it could unravel a few mysteries as well. Was Napoleon poisoned? What made the Mad Hatter mad? And how about Cleopatra and that famous asp—truth or fiction?

“Poison has a certain appeal,” wrote Agatha Christie in They Do It With Mirrors. And she ought to know. By some estimates, she poisoned more than 80 victims in her novels and short stories. You’ll certainly find some of her favorite lethal weapons here. And on the way, you'll learn the difference between poisonous and venomous.

The exhibition runs from November 16th through August 10th, 2014.


  1. Karen Terry

    I would love to see that, but I can’t afford it.

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