"The Power of Poison"

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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Jessica Lin
"The Power of Poison" at the American Museum of Natural History
Alas, AMNH isn’t hosting a seminar on Bret Michaels’s varied career. But anyone hooked on grisly forensic documentaries should see this exhibit's gallery detailing famous, suspect deaths like Cleopatra’s (supposedly by snake venom) and Napoleon’s (supposedly by arsenic); an interactive game in which visitors can solve enigmatic cases on museum iPads; massive dioramas of Macbeth’s witches and other fictional accounts of poison-related treachery; and live examples of toxic creatures such as the golden poison frog. Warning: You may never think of common household spices—many of which could be lethal in too huge a helping—the same way again.
Event phone: 212-769-5100
Event website: http://amnh.org
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