Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids


Feb 16, 2019 to Jun 9, 2019

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


For thousands of years, people have brought mythic creatures to life through art, stories and songs. Even as scientific discoveries have drawn distinctions between myth and reality, these beasts of the land, air and water have maintained an enduring hold on the human imagination.

Discover how real animals such as dinosaurs, mammoths and narwhals may have stirred tales of griffins, giants and unicorns. Learn why so many legendary water spirits look like mermaids. Touch fossils, explore winged mythological creatures, build your own dragon and come face-to-face with a giant, legendary sea monster.

Where did the story of Bigfoot come from? How did the narwhal stir tales of the unicorn? Check out specimens from a research collection, and chat with educators to learn about the real animals that inspired popular legends. Visitors also learn the anatomy of the kraken, touch “unicorn poop soap slime” and get hands-on at a sea-monkey cart.


$22.95, adults; $18.95, kids


View map Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Philadelphia, PA

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PA - Philadelphia

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Paid Event

Approximate Cost Range Per Person:

$20 & up per person


All Ages/Families

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