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AMNH Junior Council to Host Private Viewing of THE POWER OF POISON Exhibition, 12/5

The Junior Council continues its 2013-2014 season on Thursday, December 5, with a private viewing of the new special exhibition The Power of Poison and a cocktail reception in the Hall of Mexico and Central America.

For centuries, humans have marveled at the secrets of poisons and sought to harness their toxic powers. This exhibition will explore both the biological basics of poison and the ways in which people have confronted its perils and potential, approaching poison from several different perspectives-as a dynamic defense system used by animals locked in evolutionary arms races with predators; as a compelling thread that runs through familiar legends, myths, and fables; as a promising source for powerful medical treatments; and as a series of mysteries visitors encounter and solve, including what suddenly poisoned Captain James Cook and two naturalists aboard his ship in the autumn of 1774. The Power of Poison brings into sharp focus this captivating topic.

The American Museum of Natural History's Junior Council is one of New York City's most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum's mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate-through scientific research and education-knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum's collections, activities, and exhibitions. Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world's preeminent museums, meet some of the nation's most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.

CO-CHAIRS W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Robin and Brad Roberts, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Zoe and Iain Wilson.

Free for Junior Council members. Tickets to this event are $100 in advance or $125 at the door. For reservations or information on joining the Junior Council, call 212-769-5986 or email Proceeds from all Junior Council events help support the Museum's educational and scientific programming. The event will take place on Thursday, December 5 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the American Museum of Natural History. Guests should enter via the 77th Street entrance between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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