Experience amazing stories you’ll uncover exploring our newest special exhibit Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids in the American Museum of Natural History Special Exhibition Gallery, that shines a light on both the real and imagined side of history’s most legendary creatures. Admission ticket required - $5 add-on with COSI General Admission/$4 with COSI Membership

Examines the kraken, sea monsters, mermaids, and other beings that inhabit the depths of the open ocean and give form to some of water’s essential mysteries. Perhaps the most popular mythical sea creature is the half-woman, half-fish. Mermaids were likely sea mammals such as whales or manatees mistakenly interpreted by sailors.

Explores winged mythological creatures such as the Asian phoenix, a mythical bird that appears at times of peace or to announce the birth of a virtuous emperor, and Pegasus, the famed winged horse of Greek mythology.

Features beings that walk the Earth. Many of these creatures appear to have body parts from ordinary animals combined in unusual ways. The stories and mythical creatures of the land were often interpretations of fossils. Griffins, Unicorns and the famous Big Foot or Yeti.

The Dragons section rounds out the extensive examination of mythical creatures. These reptilian beasts with fabulous powers claim a mythic presence on at least three continents. In European stories dragons are powerful, wicked, and dangerous. In Asia they have sweeping powers, including breathing clouds, moving the seasons, and controlling the waters of rivers, lakes, and seas.

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Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), in collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau-Quebec; Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta; and the Field Museum, Chicago.

Illustrations by Stephanie Leeson