Does poison harm or heal? Families will love discovering “The Power of Poison” this summer at the Witte.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 12, 2022) – Step into the mist and vines of Colombia’s Chocó Forest and explore poison’s role in nature, legend and human health with “The Power of Poison,” the Witte Museum’s latest special exhibition opening to the public on May 21, 2022. Tickets, with discounts for children (ages 0 – 11), seniors, military and Witte members, are available at https://www.wittemuseum.org/ or in person at the Witte Museum.
Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, “The Power of Poison” is an elaborate, theatrical exhibition that highlights the many ways toxic plants and animals have adapted to survive and thrive in their environments. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive exhibits while exploring how poison can both harm and heal in immersive galleries.
Exhibition Highlights Include:
The exhibition features several live animals—including Poison Dart Frogs, toxic caterpillars and several marine animals.
“Texans likely encounter toxic plants and animals every day, and this exhibition gives them the opportunity to explore the complexity of poison,” shared Helen Holdsworth, Witte Museum’s Chief of Engagement and Curator of the McLean Family Texas Wild Gallery. “We hope that through this experience, people leave inspired to be more curious about the world around them and consider how they can help shape its future in positive ways.”
“The Power of Poison” is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) and will be open at the Witte Museum through September 5, 2022.
“Cocktails & Culture: Pick Your Poison,” May 26, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35 ($30 for members), admission to “The Power of Poison” included
Journey through the temperate forest with our Host Queen Kristi Waters while sipping on a spirit of choice provided by our community sponsors. Also, enjoy delicious food for purchase from Mi Taquito food truck. This adventure is for guests 21 and over.
“STEAM Sunday – The Power of Poison”
Add to your Witte experience with hands-on explorations of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Tickets: $5 ($4 for members), admission to “The Power of Poison” not included
“Pick Your Poison—Witte Museum Summer Camp”
June 13th – 17th (Ages 9-12)
June 27th – July 1st (Ages 6-8)
Cost: $290 per week for Members, $315 per week for Non-Members
Campers will explore all the ways poison can be a natural defense or even a miraculous medicine in our deadly fun camp. Each day is themed in conjunction with the Witte Museum’s summer exhibition, the Power of Poison.
New Podcast –Wonder with the Witte
In conjunction with the opening of “The Power of Poison,” the Witte Museum releases the first series of episodes for its new podcast, “Wonder with the Witte.” Listeners will learn how to avoid the wrath of toxic plants on their nature walks, how insects contribute to the vast Texas landscape and interesting facts about poisonous and venomous critters that lurk beneath the waters. Visit https://www.wittemueseum.org/podcast or search for “Wonder with the Witte” in popular podcast platforms to subscribe.