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The Museum will be open on Wednesday, January 28, during regular hours, from 10 am to 5:45 pm. Due to the weather, some programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for regular updates.

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Grades 6-8


Curriculum Materials

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Glossary

What are evolutionary trees? How do hominids differ from primates? And why is it important that humans are capable of symbolic thought? Find out with this guide from "DNA" to "variation."



What's This?

Can you tell the difference between a giraffe's bones and those from a mammoth? Test your knowledge of fossils.



Layers of Time

How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.



What's This?

Can you tell, just by looking at it, if a pygmy loris is a rodent, a primate, or a raccoon's relative? Put your knowledge of Vietnam's animals to the test.



What's this?

Have you ever seen a mermaid wearing a cowboy hat? Or an animal other than a unicorn with a long, spiraled tusk? Put your knowledge of mythic creatures to the test.



Make Your Own Mythic Mask or Puppet

What happens when cyclops, the one-eyed giant from Greek mythology, meets Indonesia's shaggy lion-like Barong? Well, that's all up to you. Don these masks and tell your own mythic tale. 



Mythic Mystery Map

Does a dragon always breathe fire? Can a unicorn have colorful, shiny scales? Find out how well you know your mythic creatures with this map challenge. 


Curriculum Materials

Mythic Creatures Books

From dancing dragons to those that breathe fire, ignite their imagination with this collection of kid-friendly titles selected for the Mythic Creatures exhibit. 


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