This First Friday, step into the shadows of medicine and mystery and join us for the grand opening of our newest ExhibitLab, Poisons and Panaceas in the Medicine Cabinet, curated by Nandini Subramaniam

Be among the first to explore our chilling new exhibit, where the medicine cabinet reveals secrets that linger in the shadows. Discover the intriguing world of poisons and panaceas as we unveil the hidden history of botanical remedies from the 19th century. Join our curator Nandini for two highlights tours to dive deep into the stories behind the exhibits, uncovering tales of ancient remedies and mysterious concoctions. 

Test your wits with intriguing matching games that challenge your knowledge of poisons and their antidotes. Craft your botanical handbook to take home, exploring the medicinal properties of plants from a bygone era. Explore a unique library pop-up of herbals and botanical illustrations, then delve into the darker side of history to unravel real-life tales of poisonings and elixirs gone wrong. 

Express your creativity with button making or unwind with coloring activities featuring medicinal plants! You’ll take home a unique creation as a memento from this mesmerizing evening. 

About First Fridays

Spark your curiosity while exploring the exhibits after hours! First Fridays bring together a myriad of activities covering everyday science, historical oddities, and everything in between. Grab your friends, and kick off an evening of discovery, surprise, and a little nerdy fun.

First Fridays at the Institute are always free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a 10% discount to National Mechanics restaurant.


Featured image from Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated and Descriptive Guide to Plants Indigenous to and Naturalized in the United States, Volume II, by Charles Frederick Millspaugh, 1892.

More events

Collage illustration showing clip of Systema Naturae by Carl Linnaeus, botanical illustration, crop of a cave.
February 27, 2024
Classes & Workshops

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Origin Stories

In the first session of this five-part Roundtable course, we trace the origins of race science to the Enlightenment in Europe.

black and white film still with two men, one with white hair and hand raised, in front of a mannequin
March 1, 2024
First Fridays

First Friday: March Mad-Scientist-Ness

Join us for an unforgettable evening that explores the bizarre side of science.

Illustration of sheep in a meadow
March 2, 2024
For Families

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

    Republish

    Copy the above HTML to republish this content. We have formatted the material to follow our guidelines, which include our credit requirements. Please review our full list of guidelines for more information. By republishing this content, you agree to our republication requirements.