The Power of Poison exhibition currently on display at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will take you from the jungles of Colombia, through the pages of Snow White and underwater to Find Nemo and Dory.

“Poison is everything, and nothing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.” – Paraclesus 1493 – 1541

What you’ll discover at this exhibition will not only amaze your senses but it might save your life in the event you ever find yourself in the presence of one of these…


“All things are poison and nothing is without poison.” – Paraclesus 1493 – 1541

Everybody knows that Nicotine is poisonous but not many people know that Botulinum toxin is one of the deadliest known substances: a millionth of a gram can kill an adult. Scientists have harnessed these toxins which are produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria, to treat medical conditions ranging from infections to muscle spasms. Also used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles….yip know the facts before you go under the knife.

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.


The exhibition is full of surprises and highly educational, I enjoyed the whodunnit exercise using the knowledge gained to solve the mysterious cases of poison.

Before I forget there are live poisonous animals on display….do not say I didn’t warn you…


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 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.

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