Venom: Killer and Cure

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Venom: Killer and Cure
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Be surprised by just how important venom has been to human health, take a look at specimens, including snakes, scorpions, ants, centipedes and even the platypus, plus see the impact the mysterious weapon has had, often for the better, in cultures spanning time. The exhibition contains images that some may find disturbing, so bear this in mind before you book.


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This was an interesting exhibition and very informative. Was interesting to learn pretty early on the difference between venom and poison. The exhibits were presented well. I particularly liked the recorded accounts from three victims, being attacked by various venomous creatures. Plus learning that not all venomous creatures are the usual snakes, scorpions etc that cute mammals such as the platypus and slow loris (no he doesn't want a hug) can also harbour a nasty surprise. The display that shows the different levels of pain various venom delivers was rather amusing with its over the top rhetoric. I did think the overall display was a little on the small side for the money paid. And curiously the exhibition seem to end rather abruptly. 


The exhibition has 250 specimens on display, with multimedia films showing some of the creatures in action. It shows the world's most venomous creatures and their surprising connection to human health. You will learn that most of the venom targets the prey’s physiology, such as the muscles and the nervous system. It also explains that venom and poison are two distinct natural weapons. Venom is introduced via a wound when poison can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, inhaled or ingested. Some species are both venomous and poisonous such as the spitting cobra and the blue-ringed octopus. 

As you walk through the exhibits displays, you get up close to all kinds of specimens, from snakes to centipedes, from snails and scorpions to jellyfish and various insects.  Also, a 2.5 metre Komodo dragon specimen displayed in spirit letting us to get up close to one of the most venomous land animal.

The entrance fee is £6.50 - £10.50 and the exhibition is very small. I also expected more when seeing different jars with creatures. They could have presented them somehow more open, I mean not jam-packed, so the visitors could appreciate the full scale and details of snakes, spiders, insects.  


Venom: Killer and Cure is fascinating and eye-opening exhibition looking at all things venom. 

When we hear the venom, many assume it’s a deadly cocktail whose only purpose is to kill. But at Killer & Cure, you’ll be surprised by just how important venom really is, not just for killing, but for recycling, feeding, defending, and even mating. 

Ever wondered why you don’t feel anything when a mosquito bites you? Did you know a tarantula venom is harmless to humans? So why do we get them?  So many #DidYouKnow facts and you can uncover the answers to all at this exhibition. 

There are plenty of deadly specimens on display in a clear fluid including bats, scorpions, and snakes, including the highly venomous Black Mumba. 

Arachnophobes might want to look away - if the above wasn't terrifying enough, a real and living tarantula is also on display too.

It's quite a small exhibition but it's so packed with intriguing information that you can happily spend an hour reading all the info plaques. It's also a bit cheaper than some of the other exhibition inside the NHM.

A highly informative and intriguing exhibition into venoms, this exhibition gets my seal of approval. Well worth having a look.