Power of Poison

Poison has the power to end a love story in tragedy (Romeo and Juliet) or end the life of a King who did not deserve to sit on the Iron Throne (Game Of Thrones).



The American Museum of Natural History, New York, is to open its award winning travelling exhibition The Power of Poison, for the first time in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban in 2016.

It will feel like you are walking through Poison Ivy’s lair hmmmm if she makes an appearance I’m definitely going…..

The American exhibition, comprising of five themes including Poison in Nature, Poison in Myth and legend, Detecting Poison, Poison by Accident and Poison for Good, explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth from across the globe and will feature real poisonous animals and plants including South African and African species. Visitors of all ages will be able to 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.


Knowledge is Power – through this interactive exhibition you’ll have first hand experience on the dangers and key features of how studying Poison can help prevent tragedy.

The Power of Poison exhibition is presented by industry leader in the travelling exhibitions sector, ExpoRSA, whose previous exhibitions include The Art of the Brick, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Dino’s Alive, and the recent The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China exhibition. ExpoRSA’s focus when bringing out exhibitions to South Africa is educational enrichment for learners. All exhibitions offer free award winning school curriculums and all teachers can enter the exhibition for free.

Says Nick Dreyer, Director of Expo RSA: “Young and old will be able to explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today. Visitors can also take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology, or the science to detecting poison. In addition, all will be able to learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair and heal them.”


If you read all the Harry Potter books it’ll help you control a snake by speaking Parseltongue, if not rather watch the experts handle these slithering serpents with care.

The Power of Poison exhibition will take place at:

Cape Town
V&A Waterfront
1 April 2016 to 12 June 2016
10 am to 7pm

24 June 2016 to 12 August 2016
10 am to 7pm

Gateway Theatre of Shopping – Umhlanga
9 September 2016 to January 2017
10am to 7pm

Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za or at the on site box office. Prices range from R140 (adults), R85 (children), R95 (pensioners and students) or R350 for a family for four (two adults and two children). Children under the age of five enter for free. Special school packages are also available in all cities.

All award winning curriculums can be found on ExpoRSA’s website and are free to download. http://www.exporsa.co.za/schools.

For more information, visit http://www.exporsa.co.za, call (021) 418 0738 or email info@exporsa.co.za.

Also join the conversation on Facebook (facebook.com/ExhibitionRSA) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Expo_RSA).

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