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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

  • mythic creatures
    Mythic Creatures opens February 16.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • mythic creatures
    Mythic Creatures opens February 16.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS

  • Mythic Creatures opens February 16.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • Mythic Creatures mermaid @AMNH
    People around the world tell of water creatures that are half-fish and half-human. Mami Wata is one of the most popular—and powerful—African water spirits. See her in Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, Feb. 16–June 9, 2019.
    © AMNH
  • Unicorn in Mythic Creatures @AMNH
    While many mythic creatures are man-eating monsters or evil spirits, others, such as unicorns, are powerful and peaceful. See her in Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, Feb. 16–June 9, 2019.
    © AMNH
  • dragon computer build
    Visitors can build their own dragon in an engaging touchscreen interactive and watch it come to life In a virtual environment.
    © AMNH
  • Feejee Mermaid
    This Feejee mermaid was inspired by P.T. Barnum’s hoax figure. It joins sculpture and castings from a monkey skeleton and then cast in black resin, making it appear mummified.
    © AMNH/C. Chesek
  • kraken model
    This kracken, a mythical sea creature maybe based on the giant squid, has enormous tentacles that appear to rise out of the floor as if surfacing from the sea.
    © AMNH
  • Protoceratops Skull
    Dinosaur fossils, like this Protoceratops skull may have influenced descriptions of the mythic griffin.
    © AMNH/C. Chesek
  • sea monsters section
    The Sea Monster theme in this section shows that sea creatures were a big concern for European explorers in the 1400s and 1500s.
    © AMNH

Dinosaurs Around the World 

  • T. rex from Dinosaurs Around the World
    Dinosaurs Around the World takes you on a dinosaur adventure and tour of an Earth very different from today. On view June 30, 2019–January 20, 2020.
    Credit: Imagine Exhibitions

Drawn to Dinosaurs

  • dinosaur skeleton by Lauren Duguid/ANS
    Drawn to Dinosaurs, opening Nov. 1, 2015, delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils.
    Credit: Lauren Duguid/ANS
  • Poole sketches Haddy. Photo by Lauren Duguid
    Drawn to Dinosaurs opens with a paleo artist recreating plant-eater Hadrosaurus foulkii on a giant blackboard.
    Credit: Lauren Duguid/ANS
  • Artist Jason Poole sketches Haddy. Photo by Lauren Duguid/ANS
    Paleoartist Jason Poole sketches a detail on Haddy in Drawn To Dinosaurs.
    Credit: Lauren Duguid/ANS