Behind the scenes: the making of Venom

It takes a great deal to go from an initial concept to opening day.

Venom: Killer and cure was a major Museum exhibition, exploring the world of venomous creatures.

Take a look behind the scenes at the Museum. Find out how conservators moved a Komodo dragon and how the team captured footage underwater, James Bond style.

Creating a blockbuster

The Museum has been hosting temporary exhibitions for over 50 years, showcasing the diversity of the natural world.

More than 100 people are involved in creating a single exhibition, from scientists, conservators, researchers and project managers to documentary makers.

It has taken three years to bring Venom from concept to reality - from initial planning all the way to construction and installing specimens.

Finding a way to get a delicate, preserved Komodo dragon across the Museum was one particular challenge. But with careful planning and an expert conservation team on the case, the large lizard was safely stored in its new home, ready to impress visitors.

A trip to Pinewood Studios' underwater stage for some James Bond-style filming was also on the cards for Museum staff.

Update on 14 May 2018

The Venom: Killer and cure exhibition is now closed.

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