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Sackler Educational Laboratory

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.

Featured educational programs focus 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! The Lab is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm - 5:00pm and free with Museum admission.

If you are interested in bringing your middle- or high- school class to the lab, click here.

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.

Select Sackler Educational Labs are offered free of charge to school groups through the Con Edison STEM Days Out program.