'The Power of Poison' opens Saturday at the Milwaukee Public Museum

NOW: ’The Power of Poison’ opens Saturday at the Milwaukee Public Museum

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Public Museum opens a new exhibit on Saturday called 'The Power of Poison.'

"It's got this sort of, you know sort of taboo aspect to it, where it's a little bit dangerous but it's a safe way to explore that."

It's described as a fun way to learn about substances that you need to learn about, so that you can avoid them. 

It shows how poison works, it traces the use of poison through history, and it shows how poisons can be harnessed to help people.

"A lot of very, very venomous or poisonous things that normally would kill you, we can actually take those poisons or venoms, take them apart in a lab and isolate components that are very, very helpful for humans, might make new medicines or new treatments for diseases," said Julia Colby with the Milwaukee Public Museum. 

One of the things you'll learn at the exhibit is the difference between poison and venom. Turns out, it's all in the delivery to your body.

If you bite something and it kills you, that's poison.

If something bites you and it kills you, it's venomous. 

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