Venom: Killer and cure

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This exhibition is now closed.

Venom: Killer and cure was open to the public from 10 November 2017 until 13 May 2018.

The exhibition explored some of the world's most venomous creatures and their surprising connection to human health.

Visitors could see the world through the eyes of both predator and prey and explore the effects of venom and the role it plays in the natural world.

Exhibition highlights:

  • a live venomous creature
  • the head of a gaboon viper, the species with the biggest known venomous fangs
  • the insects with some of the most painful venoms known to science
  • the enchanting flower urchin, whose venom can cause temporary muscular paralysis in humans
  • the unusual love life of the emperor scorpion - where seduction has a sting in the tail
  • the box jellyfish, whose embrace can kill humans in under five minutes
  • scientists whose ideas represent the cutting edge of venom research and its use in modern medicine
  • 10 November 2017 - 13 May 2018