Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids…Oh My! Mythic Creatures Take Up Residence at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Through August 14, 2011
When I was a kid, I had a lavender purse with a white unicorn emblazoned on the side. It was my prized possession and I never went anywhere without it. (In fact, I think if i still had that purse, I might dig it out and use it occasionally, swinging a little bit of vintage ’80s kitsch on my arm.) It wasn’t the purse that I thought was so cool – it was the unicorn.
I’ve always been fascinated by strange and unusual creatures, so imagine my delight when I stepped into the Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids at Fernbank Museum. Filled with incredible “life-sized” models of mythical creatures from around the world, as well as explanations of their origins, and the legends and lore surrounding them. You enter the exhibit and come face-to-face – literally – with a dragon that would make even the special effects folks on the Harry Potter films proud. And from there, it just gets better and better!
From the powerful and peaceful, like the unicorn, to the terrifying, like dragons and krakens, these creatures have fascinated humans and been present in our art, music, storytelling and history. Learn about their influence throughout the centuries via information boards, videos, hands-on activities, and artifacts. Highlights of the exhibit include a 17-foot-long dragon, a 10-foot-long majestic unicorn, a Roc with a 20-foot wingspan and talons that swoop above the heads of visitors, a kraken with 12-foot-high tentacles that appear to be surfacing from the sea; a 6-foot-tall, extinct primate called Gigantopithecus; and the largest bird ever to have lived, the 9-foot-tall extinct Aepyornis.
Learn how, through misidentification, speculation, fear, or imagination, these creatures arrived in our cultures, see new research that separates fact from fiction, and go deeper, exploring the morality behind the stories and their uses in teaching right and wrong.
Mythic Creatures will reside at Fernbank Museum through August 14, 2011, and the exhibit is accessible with any paid museum admission and is free for members. For information about tickets prices and museum hours, please visit the Fernbank Museum website.