Past Exhibitions

Poison: Food can be dangerous!

13.03.2012 – 30.01.2013

We eat with pleasure and without concerns. Our food is safe! That’s at least what we assume – food inspections are strict, right? But what about pollutants? What about glutamates and all the additives? Is buying organic a good alternative? The fear of getting poisoned through food is as old as humanity itself.

The exhibition tells of interesting and terrifying facts and stories about poison. It looks at poisons in nature, sheds light on food scandals and questions outdated wisdoms on poison.
The visitor is invited to inspect (and hopefully solve) four crime scenes to learn more about dangerous poisons our food can contain, and to test their own knowledge. Because poison can be found in our daily aliments; countless substances can quickly turn into a deathly danger. Did you know, for example, that eating bread posed a high risk in the late Middle Ages?
Throughout ancient history, wealthy citizens and rulers have always tried to protect themselves from murder through poisoning by using magical objects, antidotes and tasters – often without success. Death by poison was not always linked to murder. Foods spoil quickly and often without any obvious traces, turning daily nutrition into deathly dishes.
In the last part of the exhibition, it gets cozy. Visitors can snuggle up on our couch, browse our collection of poison murder crime novels and admire the most poisonous substances – from a safe distance behind glass.


Exhibition Curation
Franziska Rüttimann
Carmen Stirnimann
Claudia Winteler

Overall Director
Franziska Rüttimann, Museum Mühlerama

Exhibition Construction
Andreas Bommer

Graphic Design
Martina Ott

Design, Poster, Flyer
Attila Morocz

Franziska Rüttimann
Carmen Stirnimann
Claudia Winteler

Graphische Anstalt J.E. Wolfensberger AG

Overall Costs
CHF 77'617.30

With the financial support from:
Herr Vontobel
Migros Kulturprozent
Swiss Life
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Fondation Sana
Hans und Wilma Stutz Stiftung
Adolf Streuli Stiftung