Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids

Now Open – January 12, 2020

Did dragons, unicorns and mermaids exist?

The Witte Museum hosts an innovative exhibition with a beautiful blend of reality and fantasy. Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids explores the science and history behind some of the world’s most popular imaginary creatures. Today, dragons, unicorns and mermaids are animating the landscape ofchildren’s rooms, backpacks and toys; and terrifying adults as they stream epic adventures.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids, a special traveling exhibition from the American Museum of Natural History featuring four enthralling sections, where visitors come face-to-face with a magnificent model of a 17-foot-long model dragon with a wingspan of over 19 feet, and examine creatures of water, land, air and of course, dragons.

  • Creatures of Water examines creatures such as the kraken, sea monsters, mermaids and other ocean dwellers that give form to some of water’s essential mysteries.


  • Creatures of Land features beings that walk the Earth. Many of these creatures appear to have body parts from ordinary animals combined in unusual ways.


  • Creatures of Air explores winged mythological creatures such as the Greek sphinx, the Asian phoenix and the famous Pegasus.


  • The Dragons round out the extensive examination of mythical creatures that claim a mythic presence around the world. These reptilian beasts with fabulous powers claim a mythic presence on at least three continents. With their enormous size, reptilian shape, and threatening teeth and claws, some dragons might easily be taken for cousins of Tyrannosaurus rex.




Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau-Ottawa; Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta; and The Field Museum, Chicago.