The black art of wizardry & magic have existed for thousands of years and are just a prevalent in today’s society through literature and cinema.
History has been dominated by one amazing, magical, mythical creature that has captured the hearts and imagination of cultures globally for Millennia. The ‘Wizards + Dragons’ Interactive Exhibit celebrates the black arts and legendary wonder of dragons, giving visitors of all ages the thrill of seeing fictitious characters brought to life through simulations, animatronics and simulations.
Visitors will be immersed in the tales of wizardry and dragons, which appear in the folklore and history of almost every region and culture from Central Europe to Northern Asia, where these creatures were revered and regarded as symbols of good luck. The exhibit’s interactive displays invite interaction from guests and engage with their senses. Visitors of all ages will wonder at this bespoke and fully-themed exhibition space, curated by an experienced team.
The ‘Wizards + Dragons’ exhibition is rich in educational content which will form a fantastic historical insight into mythic creatures and what they teach us about cultures around the world.
Mythic creatures are fantastic beings, some familiar, others unusual that take shape through human creativity. They enchant, terrify and amuse. Their forms and meanings are as diverse as their cultural origins.
Ultimately, mythic creatures serve as symbols of the human experience. That the often very ancient stories about these beings endure today is testament to their powerful imaginary and broad appeal in cultures around the world.
The word dragon entered the English language in the early 13th century from Old French dragon, which in turn comes from Latin draconian meaning “huge serpent, dragon”. The Greek and Latin term referred to any great serpent, not necessarily mythological. A dragon represents evil or dignity in different cultures.
The Wizards & Dragons exhibition is designed to create an awareness of mythology, culture and to harness the power of imagination!
Mythic creatures teach us about cultures around the world. Stories about mythic creatures embody belief systems, identity, moral codes, impressions of the natural world, and other aspects of humanity. As cultures change over time, the qualities of their mythic creatures can change too. Therefore, we can study these creatures to learn about the history and evolution of cultures both ancient and modern.
Mythic creatures can offer perspective on how scientific discovery changes over time. Before formal scientific methods came about, a fleeting glimpse of an animal or a finding of unfamiliar bones was often enough to confirm a being's existence. Indeed, many mythic creatures are bizarre assemblages of parts of real animals. As methods for scienfific observation and interpretation evolved, it become clear which animals exist in nature and which are mythical.
Review this exhibition guide prior to attending the exhibition. Begin class discussions surrounding imagination, different cultures and mythical creatures.
Before you visit the exhibition, let students know they’ll be able to explore any kinds of mythic creatures from different cultures and time periods.
“What is a mythic creature?” and discuss the Key Concepts with students. To continue the dialogue, ask:
What mythic creatures have you encountered in books, artwork, television, video games, comics and other media? List them.
What do you know about these creatures?
Do these creatures have symbolic meaning? Solicit examples.