Exhibitions that will pique your curiosity at the Musée de la civilisation!
 

Exhibitions that will pique your curiosity at the Musée de la civilisation!

Attractions to discover, June 10, 2019 2019-06-10
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Venenum, A Poisonous World. Photo credit: Marie-Josée Marcotte, Icône.
Venenum, A Poisonous World. Photo credit: Marie-Josée Marcotte, Icône.
The Musée de la civilisation in Québec City is always presenting bold exhibitions. This time, the museum takes you into two completely different, thought-provoking universes full of surprises. Discover Venenum, A Poisonous World and Curiosities of the Natural World: two international-calibre exhibitions that in and of themselves are worth the trip!

A fascination for poison

Presented until March 8, 2020, Venenum, A Poisonous World, brings visitors into the intoxicating universe of poison. After a sensational run in Europe, this exhibition designed and curated by the Musée des Confluences in Lyon has crossed the ocean to land at the Musée de la civilisation. Whether they are a means of defense or power, a targeted or biological weapon, an environmental threat or a potential medical breakthrough, poisons both frighten and fascinate us.

The exhibition first looks at the role of poison throughout history and in people’s imagination. You’ll then move along into a toxic garden with about fifty living species. Learn more about the various uses of poisons and their dual properties – deadly and life-saving – before heading into the section designed to raise questions about the environment. In total the exhibition comprises more than 400 surprising and intriguing objects!

Lion statue from the Natural History Museum in London, Curiosities of the Natural World. Photo credit: Marie-Josée Marcotte, Icône. 
Lion statue from the Natural History Museum in London, Curiosities of the Natural World. Photo credit: Marie-Josée Marcotte, Icône.

The great British naturalists like you’ve never seen them before!

After travelling to Tokyo, Singapore and Taipei, Curiosities of the Natural World, an exhibition produced and curated by the Natural History Museum in London, is embarking on its North American premiere, running until January 5, 2020 at the Musée de la civilisation. In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of specimens were brought back from British science expeditions, forever turning upside down widely held conceptions about the natural world.

The exhibition takes visitors through seven zones: Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution; explorers; artists; naturalists; collectors; the foundation of the Natural History Museum and the preservation of biodiversity. More than 200 one-of-a-kind or extremely rare treasures inspiring mystery and astonishment will be on display in an uncluttered space that serves to highlight the objects’ scientific significance.

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