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Programs for School Groups

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins


Step into the state-of-the-art Sackler Educational Laboratory with your students and begin investigating in-depth life sciences for middle and high school focusing on such topics as the Human Brain, Evolution and Environment, DNA Isolation and Biotechnology all linked to the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. 

Space is limited to 30 students for all labs. 6th-8th grade labs (Lab A and Lab B) consist of a 45 minute lab activity and a 45 minute Teaching Volunteer led tour in the Hall of Human Origins. 6th-8th grade labs are designed to support the NYC Scope and Sequence for Science. High school labs (Lab C, Lab D, Lab E, Lab F, Lab G) are designed to support the Living Environment Regents Standards. For High School groups of more than 30 students, we recommend reserving two 90 minute lab sessions.

Please book your field trip at least 3 weeks in advance. All school groups registered for a lab will receive the Hall of Human Origins Educator's Guide in their confirmation packet. Sackler Lab flyer about available labs for class trips:


To learn more about public programming in the Lab on weekends, click here.


Location: 1st Floor - Spitzer Hall of Human Origins.


Available Days and Times:

Monday - Friday

Morning Lab: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Lab: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 



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, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary working of the human brain.

Student classes in the Sackler Educational Laboratory, offered through the Museum’s Gottesman Center for Science Teaching & Learning, are made possible by a generous grant from The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. and The Hall of Human Origins’ lead benefactors Anne and Bernard Spitzer.

Past Offerings


Lab G: Forensic Anthropology: Whose Body Was Left Behind

October 14, 2014 - June 19, 2015

In this 90 minute advanced lab activity, students will learn and use forensic anthropology techniques to determine the identity of an individual who’s body has been recovered.  Using a real human skeleton, microscopes and Gel Electrophoresis images, students will collect and compile evidence to determine the identity of the individual and what may have caused their death.

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Lab F: Food Forensics

October 7, 2013 - June 19, 2015

Grades 9-12: Identifying Genetically Modified Genes in Crops


Lab C: Primate Evolution

October 7, 2013 - June 19, 2015

Sackler Lab Grades 9-12: Students will be able to explain three lines of evidence for biological evolution and change across time.

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