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AMNH Chases Food With Poison for New Exhibit

By Billy Lyons  |  November 11, 2013

Looking for a fun post-brunch option on the Upper West Side? Now that Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture has finished its run, the American Museum of Natural History is ready to unveil its latest exhibit - and since those involving food seem to attract a crowd, it's no surprise to see the theme of consumption continue for the holiday season. This time, though, in lieu of open kitchens and tastings, curators are examining what can happen when ingredients get dangerous. In The Power of Poison, the museum takes at look at toxins in nature, myth culture, and features a live theatrical performance as well as even livelier poisonous animals you wouldn't want appearing on a menu. There's also a section dubbed Villains and Victims, which explores infamous poisoning episodes throughout history (including the Borgias, hollow rings and all). The exhibit debuts this Saturday and runs through August 10, 2014.

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