Barcelona is full of cultural activities throughout the year, both for children and for adults. In this ShBarcelona‘s article I want to propose an activity that will surprise both you and your children, if you go with them. Since December the 19th 2013 until April the 12th this year, the living 50 most poisonous animals in the world are being shown in the “Enverinats” (Poisoned) exhibition at the Museu Blau, located in Leonardo Da Vinci Square 4- 5, right at the entrance of the Park of the Forum.
You can get there by the yellow metro line and get off at the Maresme-Forum station (exit Rambla Prim) or by tram (Forum station), and also by bus, with the numbers 43, H16, 7, 36, 99, B23 and the Bus Turístic. If you drive you can park in the Diagonal Mar mall parking lot. If you use Bicing, you can find station where to park the bike very close to Museu Blau.
Don’t be put off by the size and appearance of the animals you will see in this space; tarantulas, frogs, snakes and other species of “Enverinats” can kill you in two minutes with a very small dose of venom. But the exhibition also has a very educational part because they teach us many uses made of these lethal poisons, such as treatment of neurodegenerative diseases in humans, hunting, to alter states of consciousness, etc. Get to know the Gila lizard, the blue arrowhead frog, the Gabon Viper, and others, as well as knowing the reason for its appearance and its mechanisms to warn of the danger they represents for their predators. You will find out that only 20% of reptiles are poisonous, and only 30 spiders in the world are dangerous, among the 30,000 known today.
Mushrooms, plants and very toxic minerals
There is also a sample of plants and minerals that are dangerous to humans if we come into contact with them or ingest them in some form. This is shown by a series of audiovisual screenings and objects that bring visitors to this “toxic” world in an interdisciplinary way.
This exhibition has been organized by the Grupo Atrox and the normal ticket price is 5 euros, free for children under 16 years old, reduced ticket is 3’50 euros -for students and seniors-, and costs 9 euros if you want to combine a visit of “Enverinats” with Planeta Vida exhibition of the same museum.