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.
Join us in the Sackler Educational Laboratory to meet scientists and discover cutting-edge research in human evolution.
Stop by the Sackler Educational Lab to discover the basic biology of stem cells, their function in development, and how they can be used in the treatment of diseases.
November 5, 2016
Join primatologist Shahrina Chowdhury and learn about the complexity of social structures and behavior in wild baboons.
September 3, 2016
Join paleoanthropologist Anna Ragni to learn about the latest news in what fossils tell us about human evolution and adaptation.
March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015
August 16, 2014
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.
March 16, 2013 - March 17, 2013
What does it mean to be 'on the same wavelength' with another person? Participants in this workshop will take part in a real brain experiment and help scientists figure out the answer to this question.
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.