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The Power of Poison

The Power of Poison

Child Price: £5.00  |  Adult Price: £9.00

Discover the alluring, seductive and terrifying role of poison and how it affects our everyday lives through nature, myth, medicine and healing

Latecomers will not be admitted.

Discover the alluring, seductive and terrifying role of poisons and how they affect our everyday lives through nature, myth, medicine and healing, come face to face with the world’s most dangerous animals and turn forensic detective by using clues to solve famous poisonings at The Power of Poison exhibition, which opens at London’s Truman Brewery 16th May.

The exhibition reveals the strange and intriguing things that happen when humans and toxic substances collide.

What evolved in animals and plants as a defence against predators or a means of preying has been used by humans throughout history for magic, murder, villainy and, more recently, to create ground-breaking medical breakthroughs.

Visitors will encounter some of history’s most puzzling poisoning cases, step into the pages of fairy tales, use clues to solve poisoning mysteries, and take part in a live theatre presentation to help unravel a real-world case of poisoning as this fascinating exhibition examines how toxins shape our lives.

This new, family-friendly special exhibition creates an engaging and immersive environment through the use of interactive components, models, multimedia and live animals. Whether as a defence against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is filled with mystery, intrigue, fascinating tales and surprising benefits.

Mark Siddall, curator of the original American Museum of Natural History Exhibition said: “Millions of years of evolutionary history have produced a rich diversity of poisons across all groups of plants and animals, an arsenal of biochemical weapons. In this exhibition we illuminate how poison is used in the natural world and the evolutionary history behind it, as well as the ways in which people have used poisons to try and understand their powers through the centuries.”

The Power of Poison - How to get there?


The Old Truman Brewery, Loading Bay, Elys Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR

Nearest Tube Station:

Liverpool Street Station

Tube Lines:

Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith and City Lines

Railway Station:

Shoredith High Street Sation

Bus Numbers:

8, 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 57. 78, 149, 242, 243, 388

Card Parking:

The Old Truman Brewery with disabled bays & Brick Lane Car Park 100m away

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Booking Dates

Attraction Opened: 10-Jul-2015
Booking Until: 16-Sep-2015

Opening Times

Sunday to Wednesday: 10am to 6pm

Thursday: 10am to 8pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am to 7pm


Last Entry 1 hour 30 minutes before closing

Age Restrictions

Children are ages 4 to 16.

Children under 3 will need a ticket.

Pick Up Point

The foyer of the building houses the box office, cloak room, and audio guide collection, There is no disabled access in to the foyer, only by the side of the building.