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

teacher and child looking through microscope in a science lab

Brain Awareness Weekend: The Senses Lab

March 17, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Visitors of all ages can drop into the Sackler Educational Lab to celebrate the wonders of the human brain and learn how this great organ processes the world around us. 

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.

Anna Ragni

Meet the Scientist Drop-in Sessions

September 3, 2016

Join paleoanthropologist Anna Ragni to learn about the latest news in what fossils tell us about human evolution and adaptation. 

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.