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Venom: Killer and Cure at Natural History Museum

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Learn how venom both kills and cures at this new exhibition with a sting in its tail. Read More


Find out which animals are venomous, how creatures use their venom, and the ways in which people have used it for their own purposes with Venom: Killer and Cure at Natural History Museum.

Featuring a host of specimens, from snakes and spiders to the duck-billed platypus, this exhibition lets you discover the effects of venom through the eyes of both predator and prey. Gaze at the head of a Gaboon viper, the snake with the world’s largest venom fangs; learn about a flower urchin that can temporarily paralyse a human; and even face your fears by studying a live venomous specimen.

You’ll also uncover some medical marvels, as you find out how venom has been used throughout modern medicine, including treatment for diabetes and impotence.

Venue Details & Map

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
+44 (0)20 7942 5000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington Train: Victoria/Paddington. Either use pedestrian tunnel from South Kensington station and exit where signposted or access via Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road.

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