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Weekend Drop-Ins at the Sackler Lab

Part of Events for Children & Families

Sackler Ed Lab Skulls
Explore the latest advances in our understanding of human evolution.

Guests are invited to talk to a scientist, learn about the latest discoveries in human evolution, handle fossil casts, look through a microscope, and see a real human brain.Lab highlights include:

  • See and touch casts of the most recent fossil discoveries in human evolution such as, Homo nalediHomo floresiensisAustralopithecus sediba and Ardipithecus ramidus
  • Examine anatomical details on key fossil hominins such as: Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), Turkana boy (Homo ergaster), and The Taung Child (Australopithecus africanus). 
  • Hold an early stone tool, and determine how our early ancestors created and used these tools to hunt and survive in their environments.
  • Look at a real plastinated human brain, and learn the structure and function of between different anatomical regions. 


Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm


Free with Museum Admission

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.