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Recap: Junior Council Of The Museum Of Natural History’s The Power Of Poison Viewing In NYC

Mark Siddall (Photo credit:)

Mark Siddall (Photo credit: AMNH)

On Thursday, December 5th, the Co-Chairs and Steering Committee of the Museum of Natural History hosted a private exhibition viewing of The Power of Poison including remarks by the curator, Mark Siddall, and a cocktail reception. Guests convened in the IMAX Theater for an introductory speech by Siddall, accompanied by a fascinating slideshow. They learned about the distinction between poison and venom and heard about various venomous species. The evening continued on to the exhibit, which explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature and myth.

Visitors of the exhibit are able to explore some of history’s most puzzling poisoning cases. There is an interactive section where eyewitness accounts and clues can be used to solve poisoning mysteries. In addition, there was a live theater presentation in which the presenter spoke of one of the first cases of poisoning brought to trial with forensic detection being employed. A gallery displays history’s most mysterious poisonings, from Cleopatra’s legendary snakebite to Napoleon’s alleged death by arsenic. An enormous, enchanting book, much like what one would envision a magic one to look like, had additional information in it, replete with illustrations, which were all projected upon it. Mysteries in the book are unlocked with the touch of a hand. A web version of it can be found here.

 

 

 

 

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Guests enter ‘The Power of Poison’ (Photo credit: AMNH)

Guests gather for live theater presentation (Photo credit: AMNH)

Guests gather for live theater presentation (Photo credit: AMNH)

There are even live animals on display, including a gila monster, Flame Butterfly Caterpillars and more. If you have ever wondered whether the story of Snow White could have actually happened in so far as a poisonous apple rendering someone to appear dead, this exhibit is for you. However, suitable for all ages, this theatrical exhibition is truly engaging and fascinating for anyone. It will run until August 10th, 2014. This is one that you will not want to miss!

Guests and the enchanted book (Photo credit: )

Guests gather around the enchanted book (Photo credit: AMNH)

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Jessica Dekhtyar and Jason Knaster (Photo credit: AMNH )

The American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most mentally stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, it supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate, both through scientific research and education, knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members have special events that offer an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions. Being a Junior Council member allows for you to go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent museums, meet some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions. For more information, click here.

o-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks, Museum curator Mark Siddall, and Nicole Mihnovets (Photo credit: )

Co-chair Gaelin Rosenwaks, Museum curator Mark Siddall, and Nicole Mihnovets (Photo credit: AMNH)

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Guests enjoying the cocktail reception (Photo credit: AMNH)

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