On exhibit October 2, 2021 – May 8, 2022
Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures features unique cultural objects to highlight the surprising similarities and differences in the ways people around the world envision and depict mythic creatures. The exhibition includes models and cast fossils of prehistoric animals to investigate how they could have – through misidentification, speculation, fear, or imagination – inspired the development of several legendary creatures. For example, visitors will discover how narwhal tusks were believed to be magical remnants of unicorn horns, how dinosaur fossils may have been mistaken for the remains of griffins, and how tales of sea monsters may simply have been fisherman’s tales of real creatures such as the oarfish and giant squid.
Mythic Creatures programming presented by
Mythic Creatures events
- Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures Opening Day
Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Trick or Treat Safe Zone: The World of Mythic Creatures
Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Lunch & Learn – Florida Fauna and Folklore
Friday, November 5, noon (online)
- Weeki Wachee Springs: Home of Florida’s Mythical Mermaids
Saturday, November 13, 1 p.m. (online)
- Lunch & Learn – Finding the Fountain of Youth: The Truth Behind the Myth
Friday, December 3, noon (online)
- Fantastical Florida Family Day
Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Fearsome Creatures of Florida
Thursday, January 6, 2022, 6:30 p.m. (online)
- Orange County Heritage Day: Gator Tales
Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Mythical Mornings at the Museum
Dragons and Drafts: Sunday, December 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mermaids and Mimosas: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Skunk Apes and Sangria: Sunday, March 27, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Legends & Lore: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1 p.m. (online)
Brechner Speaker Series: “The State You’re In” with author Craig Pittman: Sunday, March 6, 2022, 2 p.m.
All programming subject to change.