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. We feature educational programs focused 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! If you are interested in bringing your middle- or high- school class to the lab, click here

Upcoming Offerings

neon outline of human brain in profile

Neuroscience Night: Our Sensational Brain

March 15, 2018

Sold out - Join us in the lab for an evening exploring the biology behind our senses. Participate in activities, challenges, and experiments led by neuroscience researchers and educators.

Past Offerings

Yellow and red Trigeminal sensory neurons in a coral reef pattern

Stem Cell Weekend Drop-ins

September 9, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Stop by the Sackler Educational Lab to speak to stem cell biologists to learn about the basic biology of stem cells, recent advances in research, and how stem cells can potentially treat diseases.

A delicious food spread croissants, jam, oranges, and a cappuccino. In the coffee foam there is a outline of the a human head with thinking gears.

Sackler Brain Brunch: The Science of Sleep and Memory

April 29, 2017

Sold out - Wake up your mind with our first ever Brain Brunch! Eat, drink, and learn about the enigmatic and important function of sleep. Experts in the field discuss their work on the science of sleep, and the role rest plays in learning, memory, and behavior.

Neon outline of brain

Brain Awareness Weekend

March 18, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Join us in the Sackler Educational Laboratory for Brain Awareness Weekend, where three scientists will discuss all the aspects of how our brain has changed; as humans evolved, as we grow up, and even into adulthood.

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.