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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids

Posted 3/10/2015 12:03 AM by Paula Cushing | Comments

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is excited to host the traveling exhibition Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids. To help make the exhibition even more fun for the entire family, the Museum has added activities like creating your own mythic creature and deciding what it’s called, where it lives, and what it eats. Many of you may be wondering just why such an exhibit is coming here, given the signs of Bigfoot and Unicorns that are advertising the exhibit. Where’s the science?

This exhibition is all about the real animals and the real objects that may have given rise to stories of such mythic creatures as Bigfoot, Yeti, unicorns, and the Loch Ness Monster. For example, the exhibit talks about how narwhal tusks may have given rise to stories of unicorns; how sightings of bears may have been mistaken for “sightings” of Big Foot; and how manatees may have given rise to myths about mermaids, at least in the eyes of sailors at sea for far too long!

The exhibition also discusses the role that stories of such mythic creatures play in different cultures around the world – these creatures may represent courage, perseverance, or may play a role in creation myths. A great example is dragon myths, which abound in cultures worldwide and symbolize different things for these different cultures.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids is free with general admission and opens on March 20. We invite you to come and explore how these creatures have captured human curiosity for generations.

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