Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures

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

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

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, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau; Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta.

Exhibition Information

Venue Gallery Size:

6,000 – 7,000 ft2

(550 – 750 m2)


Venue Ceiling Height:

12 ft recommended

(3.6 m)


Conservation & Security Requirements:



Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks


Exhibition Brochure


Educator’s Guide