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Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids: Mythic Creatures

A couple looks at a giant model of a purple kraken head and tentacles that appear to be rising out of the floor

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures reveals the relationship between nature and legend, tracing these creatures' origins, cultural importance, and enduring hold on the imagination.

Mythic Creatures Exhibition Walkthrough

Mythic Creatures Exhibition Walkthrough

For thousands of years, humans around the world have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, music, and works of art.

This exhibition combines dramatic models, fossils, magnificent ancient and modern cultural objects, and absorbing multimedia and interactive technology to tell the stories behind the alluring mythic creatures that continue to fascinate visitors of all ages. 


“A brilliant curatorial idea” – The New York Times

“On a scale of one to ten…a mythical ten” – The New Yorker

“An intriguing blend of the surreal and the scientific” – The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau; Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta.