The Natural History Museum of Utah always has one rotating exhibit that changes every few months, so we always like to check out the museum a couple of times each year to see what is new. This cycle they are featuring The Power of Poison. It is only around for a few more weeks, so you have to go before April 15th if you want to catch it.
My kids loved this one and were so excited when they heard we'd been invited out a couple weeks ago to see it. Upon entering the exhibit you get to learn all about poison in nature, and how certain animals use toxins. They had displays of everything from poison tree frogs to scorpions to plant life. It was pretty cool.
My kids were enthralled with this nature documentary and sat and watched the whole show in its entirety.
Then you entered into a section about the use of poisons in literature and fairy tales. They reviewed well known stories such as The Mad Hatter, Snow White, Witches, Emperors, Harry Potter, Super Heroes, Sherlock Homes, etc. It was fun to read about how they were all fairly accurate in their use of poisons and what was reality versus what was fiction.
This awesome enchanted book was completely interactive and changed every time the kids turned the pages or touched certain spots. They were completely captivated by it!
The next area was all about poison throughout the ages and taught about historical documentation of poisonings. The kids' favorite part by far was Poison Live!, a little live action case study about the use of arsenic in a murder case. The amazing gal who acted as a narrator led the kids on an investigation into an actual mysterious death from the 1800s that led to the invention of a chemical test to identify arsenic. She did an amazing job at both engaging and educating the little ones.
There were a few more historical explanations of famous individuals who had likely been poisoned and then there were three little case studies that the kids could go through on their own and using little touch screens they were able to study a situation and click around investigating the scene to determine the cause of the poisoning.