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Dragons, Unicorns, Mermaids, oh my! New COSI exhibit opens this weekend

Dragons, Unicorns, Mermaids, oh my! New COSI exhibit opens this weekend

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Ay, lads and ladies! How art thou? Care to see your most enchanted dreams come true? Hazzah! Now thy can at COSI’s Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids: Mythic Creatures.

Columbus’ Dynamic Hands-On Science Center will be opening its new, enchanted exhibit from February 23- September 2.

“From the majestic unicorn to the sleek mermaid to the mighty kraken, certainly these are just tall tales or figments of our imagination…or are they?” asks COSI.

This installation explores famous folklore creatures like Sasquatch and Kraken and the natural roots that elevated the—like how narwhal tusks from the North Sea lent credence to the centuries-old belief in the unicorn. Mythic Creatures includes imaginative models, paintings,textiles, and other cultural objects from around the world.

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“This exhibition combines mythical lore with scientific undercurrents, tracing the origins of these popular and fascinating fictional creatures and exploring the often factual inspiration behind them,” said Dr. Frederic Bertley, COSI president and CEO. “Through large scale models, real fossils and beautiful artwork, people of all ages will start to understand the intriguing stories behind these mythic creatures and their role throughout history in many cultures.” 

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Guests can also experience interactive elements like rearranging scale models of mammoth bones to look like a giant human skeleton and hands-on stations for a narwhal tusk, the lower jaw of Gigantopithecus, and a life-size reproduction of the talon of a Haast’s eagle.

The exhibit is supported by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

To learn more about COSI’s Mythic Creatures exhibit and buy tickets, click here.

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