SAN ANTONIA – A new exhibit called “The Power of Poison” is coming to the Witte Museum.

The theatrical exhibition will take guests through the fog and vines of the Colombian forest of Choco.

Visitors will be able to explore the role of poison in nature, legends and human health through interactive tools such as the enchanted book.

The enchanted book is reminiscent of an ancient botanical volume and depicts animations of well-known poisonous plant species, including belladonna and monasticism.

At the exhibition “The Power of Poison” at the Witte Museum, one family discovers a poisonous viper Eyelash Pit Viper, named after the scales, which seems to be “eyelashes”. (Witte Museum)

There’s also a scene of a mad life-size Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which tells of the phrase “crazy as a hatter”.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy interactive exhibits exploring how poison can harm and heal in the exciting galleries of the exhibition: “Poison in Nature”, “Texas Tales”, “Poison in Myths and Legends”, “Discovering Poisons, Victims and thieves ”and“ Poison for good ”. “- said in a press release.

The proverb “crazy as a hatter” dates back to the 19th century, when mercury nitrate was used in the garment industry to turn fur into felt. Hatters working in poorly ventilated factories breathed toxic fumes, and prolonged exposure led to mercury poisoning with symptoms such as tremors, memory loss, depression, irritability, and anxiety, still described as “madness disease”. (Witte Museum)

The Power of Poison is a complex exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


It will be open for visits from Saturday, May 21st.

The Witte Museum is located at 3801 Broadway Street, and free parking is available at the nearby Brackenridge Park Garage.

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