Mythical Creatures at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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Everybody loves mythic creatures. People spend time imagining the dragons and unicorns that they have heard stories of, watched movies about, and read about.

Everybody loves mythic creatures. People spend time imagining the dragons and unicorns that they have heard stories of, watched movies about, and read about. One thing few people know is the origin of these mythic creatures. At the Denver Museum of Nature and science, the new exhibit about mythical creatures tells all about many mythic creatures. The exhibition is divided into four sections, creatures of the water, land, air, and dragons.

 

In the water section dive into the deep sea. There is a huge model of the kraken which is a giant beast imagined by sailors. This model’s tentacles rise 12ft into the air. To the left of the kraken visitors can see two 16th-century texts, and a sailor’s map telling where different water monsters had been “seen”. Ahead there is a section on mermaids. This section tells of how manatees were confused for mermaids, and about mermaids from different countries. There are also stations showing how a pod of whales or a pod of dolphins could be mistaken for a giant sea serpent.

 

In the section about land monsters people can learn about the mythic beasts rumored to have roamed the surface of earth. See mythic creatures said to reside in the area of Colorado. Visitors to this exhibit also can learn about where the legend of unicorns came from, and how the western unicorn got it’s long white, spiraled horn. Visitors can also learn about the infamous Asian unicorn with its dragon-like head and stumpy, flesh covered horn.

 

In the air section, visitors learn about the phoenix, Pegasus, and other creatures of the sky. The air section is fairly small but does contain a model of the roc, a giant bird whose nest is like an island, and whose egg is the size of a building. There is also a rare fossil egg, belonging to the extinct elephant bird.

 

The section about dragons is the last section in the exhibit. There is a 17ft long model of the western dragon, which looks like it will spring from behind the rope that encircles it and eat you. Above the western dragon is a Chinese dragon parade costume, which measures to about 120ft. There is a touch screen that lets you design you own dragon.

 

This exhibit is really fun, and leaves the museum on September 7. For more information visit http://www.dmns.org/mythic-creatures/