The Sackler Educational Lab is a hands-on learning lab located within the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins on the first floor of the Museum. We feature educational programs focused on human biology, including: evolution, genetics, and the brain. Weekend visitors can talk to a scientist, learn about the latest discoveries in human evolution, handle fossil casts, and see a real human brain. Visit the lab to see how humans compare to other species, how we have changed over time, and what makes us unique—the evidence may surprise you! If you are interested in bringing your middle- or high- school class to the lab, click here

Upcoming Offerings

Past Offerings

Anna Ragni

Meet the Scientist Drop-in Sessions

September 3, 2016

Join paleoanthropologist Anna Ragni to learn about the latest news in what fossils tell us about human evolution and adaptation. 

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Poison and the Brain

March 8, 2014 - March 16, 2014

Please join us for Brain Awareness Weekends in the Sackler Educational Laboratory. Our topic will be Poison and the Brain. We will feature several interactive stations guiding you through the complex and surprising world of neurotoxins and their affect on the brain.

The Museum is deeply grateful to the Hall's lead benefactors Anne and Bernard Spitzer, whose marvelous generosity inspired and made possible the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. The Museum also extends its gratitude to The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc., Katheryn C. Patterson and Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Arlene and Arnold Goldstein, the Honorable Lucy Wilson Benson, and the Stout Family for their generous support.

The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.