Mythic Beasts at the CMC


From May15th to September 20th, 2009 the CMC features an exhibit entitled Mythic Beasts: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids. I took in the exhibit recently during one the CMC’s free admission Thursdays. The exhibit was an interesting combination of fantasy and history. The exhibit focuses on the societies which have created mythical creatures, and the cultural heritage which has grown out of myths. For example, the exhibit features a section on sea creatures. This section examines the various societies which have believed in sea creatures, and examines what these creatures really were. Supposed sea creatures are debunked as being squids, large eels, manatees, dolphins, or logs. This exhibit “tricks” kids into learning about the history of various societies, superstitions, and beliefs. Anyone who is interested in culture, the roots of fantasy, or just looking to see some interesting recreations of mythic beasts will enjoy this exhibit.