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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

  • 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

Specimens of Hair

  • Specimens of Hair case
    Specimens of Hair: The Curious Collection of Peter A. Brown is an intimate exhibit based on the book of the same name by Academy Senior Fellow Robert M. Peck. It’s on view through Feb. 18, 2019
    Credit: Carolyn Belardo/ANS
  • Detail of Specimens of Hair case
    Specimens of Hair features albums chock full of locks of human hair, as well as animal fur. The albums contain hair from 13 of the first 14 U.S. presidents.
    Credit: Carolyn Belardo/ANS

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

X-treme Bugs

  • boy and bedbug
    What nightmares are made of: bed bug!
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • giant fuzzy bumblebee
    This bumblebee is large enough to see the fuzzy hairs on its body
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • mom, son w ladybugs
    There are some 5,000 species of ladybugs in the world.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • playing butterfly game
    Game: Match the bug with its unique habitat.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • giant honeybee
    Honey bees are important plant pollinators and make honey.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • live elephant beetle
    This live elephant beetle is among the Academy’s xtreme bugs.
    Credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • giant stinkbug, Xtreme Bugs
    The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is commonly found in houses, though not this large!
    Credit: Schmitz/Dinosaurs Unearthed
  • giant cockroach, Xtreme Bugs
    A way-larger-than-life Madagascar hissing cockroach in Xtreme Bugs lets visitors really see what makes the real species so successful in life
    Credit: Schmitz/Dinosaurs Unearthed
  • giant scorpion, Xtreme Bugs
    A giant scorpion in Xtreme Bugs.
    Credit: Schmitz/Dinosaurs Unearthed

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