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Death by Natural Causes

This is a closed, past exhibit; it is not available for viewing.

Snakes. Spiders. Sharks.  The things you fear are the least of your worries! Death by Natural Causes will introduce patrons to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives.  Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, visitors can see what can cause a death, either directly or indirectly, from the natural world. Poisonous, venomous and toxic are just a few of the terms that will be clarified, and things you interact with almost daily will be used as examples—mushrooms, snakes, spiders and even common foods! Old wives tales and urban myths will be debunked, as visitors travel through five general areas of rich graphics, compelling visuals and surprising specimens.

Strollers are not allowed in this exhibition, but there is stroller parking available nearby.


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Organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Local support provided by the Harriet and Truett Latimer Endowment Fund and the John P. McGovern Foundation.

Curator: David Temple

As Associate Curator of Paleontology, Temple developed the Museum’s current Paleontology Field Program. His team excavates a Permian locality in North Texas, looking for fossils of Dimetrodon, the most fearsome pre-dinosaur predator, as well as every other sign of life, in order to more accurately reconstruct a 250-million year old….

Curator: Nicole Temple

Nicole Temple is the Vice President of Youth Education Programs.  Her responsibilities include all facets of the Museum associated with the nearly 400,000 students that participate in HMNS programming annually. During her tenure at HMNS, she has cultivated international partnerships, created content for Giant Screen Films, and participated in the….


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