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Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids

Through January 6, 2008

Tracing the natural history roots of some of the world's most enduring mythological creatures, Mythic Creatures highlights legendary beings of land, sea, and air. Cultural artifacts bring to light surprising similarities-and differences-in the ways peoples around the world have depicted these beings, and fossil specimens suggest a physical basis for the many forms they have taken.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Catineau; Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; and Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. Mythic Creatures is proudly supported by MetLife Foundation.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors

Through September 9, 2007

This delightful live-animal exhibition introduces visitors to the colorful and richly diverse world of frogs, exploring their biology, ecology, and conservation.

Frogs: A Chows of Colors is made possible, in part, by the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

This exhibition is presented with appreciation to Clyde Peeling's Reptiland.


Through August 19, 2007

This glittering exhibition explores the captivating story of the world's most desired metal. Extraordinary geological specimens, cultural objects, and interactive exhibits explore and illuminate gold's timeless allure.

CoW is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in cooperation with The Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibition is proudly supported by The Tiffany £ Co. Foundation, with additional support from American Express® Cold Card.

Undersea Oasis: Coral Reef Communities

Through January 13, 2008

Brilliant color photographs capture the dazzling invertebrate life that flourishes on coral reefs.


Through April 6, 2008

Exquisite images from unmanned space probes take visitors on a journey through the alien and varied terrain of our planetary neighbors.

The presentation of both Undersea Oasis and Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History is made possible by the generosity of the Arthur Ross Foundation.


Mythic Festival

Sunday, 6/24, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

A family festival tying together cultural, historical, and scientific perspectives on mythic creatures. For details, visit

Global Weekends are made possible, in part, by The Coca-Cola Company, the City of New York, the New York City Council, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support has been provided by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., theTolan Family, and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.


The Griffin and the Monster of Troy

Thursday, 6/14, 7:00 p.m.

Folklorist Adrienne Mayor investigates the link between mythical creatures and the fossil remains of extinct animals.

seeing beneath Mount Everest

Thursday, 6/14, 7:00 p.m.

Geologist Anne Sheehan, University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses her research on the faults beneath the Himalayas.

Copresented with IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lecture Series



Insatiable with Gael Greene

Thursday, 6/7, 7:00 p.m.

An evening of tales and tastings with Gael Greene, longtime author of "The Insatiable Critic" column for New York magazine and cofounder and board chair of Citymeals-on-Wheels. …