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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

February 16–June 9, 2019

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mythic creatures

For thousands of years, people have brought mythic creatures to life through art, stories and songs. Even as scientific discoveries have drawn distinctions between myth and reality, these beasts of the land, air and water have maintained an enduring hold on the human imagination. Discover how real animals such as dinosaurs, mammoths and narwhals may have stirred tales of griffins, giants and unicorns. Learn why so many legendary water spirits look like mermaids. Touch fossils, explore winged mythological creatures, build your own dragon and come face to face with a giant legendary sea monster.

Mythic Creatures Tickets

  • $5 – nonmembers
  • $3 – Individual and Family members
  • FREE – Family Plus members and above

Member? Click here to learn how to get discounted tickets.

Mythic Creatures Closing Weekend
June 8–9

Join us for the final weekend of this special exhibit! Learn the history of your favorite cryptid beasts and the real animals that influenced their stories. Observe a Kraken dissection, get up close and personal with sea monkeys and create your own enchanted craft!

Closing Weekend Activities: 

Auditorium Show: Legendary Live Animals
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

From fire-breathing dragons to talon-ted beasts, come meet some legendary live animals that your favorite mythos is based on!

Magical Myths

Where did the story of Bigfoot come from? How did the narwhal stir tales of the unicorn? Check out specimens from our famous research collection, and chat with Academy educators to learn about the real animals that inspired the legends you love.

Kraken Dissection

Watch as we release the kraken onto our dissection table and learn about the anatomy of the cephalopod. Write using real kraken ink, and ask questions about these creatures lurking beneath the water’s surface.

Sea Monkey Cart
10 a.m. –1 p.m, 1:30 p.m. –5 p.m.

Come check out our bowlful of happiness as we dive into the world of sea monkeys. Are they real? Are they monkeys? Find out at our interactive tech cart.

Enchanted Crafts

Make and take a craft that will enchant you when you are feeling extra magical.

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