Here be Dragons

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Myths play an enormous role in creating and cultivating culture, and their power has not loosened its grip on our imaginations since our ancestors first told their tales of fantasy and metaphorical significance. One such myth resurging in popularity today thanks to media like the hit show “Game of Thrones” comes to South Texas this summer. We are the lucky hosts of an exhibit at the International Museum of Art & Science: “Here Be Dragons.”

IMAS invites the RGV to explore the origins, symbolism and cultural significance of the dragon at their interactive exhibit from May 28 until Sept. 5. Featuring 4,000 square feet of interactive stations in Discovery Pavilion at IMAS and 20 real-life lizards, guests of all ages will explore human-dragon cultural and historical connections and those of fanciful folklore, literature, mythology, and legend.

Visitors will travel back to medieval times and across continents to Asia with paleontology digs in the Dino dig box, experience the thrill of a medieval catapult, and create a magical world through puppets. Plus, they will be able to see the real live “dragons” of today as a variety of living species from around the world are included in this comprehensive exhibit, including Frilled Dragons, Basilisks, Monitor Lizards, and more. Visitors will be able to learn about what “dragons” eat, how they survive in the wild, their natural predators and challenges to their survival! Vital information will be shared about how you can play a part in preserving “dragons” and their habitats.

Bring the family to IMAS this summer for an engaging, unforgettable and inspiring experience. It is a rare opportunity to make connections between living, breathing creatures and culture, literature, folklore, religion, paleontology, history, and science. Be sure to mark the exhibition dates on your calendar!

This exhibition is not included in general admission. There is an additional entrance fee of $5 for this exhibit except for Family Premium Members and above. “Here Be Dragons” is organized by the Potawatomi Zoo and produced by Build 4 Impact Inc. Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.imasonline.org

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