The exhibition comprises of five themes including Poison in Nature, Poison in Myth and legend, Detecting Poison, Poison by Accident and Poison for Good, and explores poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, human health and history, literature, and myth from across the globe. It features real poisonous animals and plants including South African and African species. Visitors of all ages will be able to find out which familiar tales of illness, enchantment, or death by poison – a feature of countless fairy tales, myths, and legends from around the world – contain kernels of truth.
The Power of Poison exhibition is presented by industry leader in the travelling exhibitions sector, ExpoRSA, whose previous exhibitions include The Art of the Brick, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Dino’s Alive, and the recent The Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China exhibition. ExpoRSA’s focus when bringing out exhibitions to South Africa is educational enrichment for learners. All exhibitions offer free award winning school curriculums and all teachers can enter the exhibition for free.
Says Nick Dreyer, director of Expo RSA: “Young and old will be able to explore some of history’s most intriguing poisoning cases, many of which remain puzzling today. Visitors can also take part in a live presentation about a real-world poisoning case and key advances in toxicology, or the science to detecting poison. In addition, all will be able to learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells help scientists figure out how to protect, repair and heal them.”
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 www.webtickets.co.za 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.