Current Exhibitions

They’re here now, but they won’t be here forever. You won’t want to miss these great temporary exhibitions. Be sure to visit the museum soon and see them before they’re gone!

Pencil these exhibition dates into your calendar to help you plan your future visits. Be sure to check back to this web page to keep up to date on what’s at the Sternberg Museum.


Megalodon: The Largest Shark that Ever Lived

February 2, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Walk through full-scale jaws into a 60-foot-long Megalodon sculpture and begin to explore the story of this fantastic ancient creature – its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and the science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale. Tooth-shaped island units support interpretive materials, which include graphics, hands-on components, and family-friendly interactive. The exhibit is object-rich, including numerous fossil specimens from several collections, and life-size and scale models of other fossil and modern sharks.


Art and the Animal

Resilient Recluse by Linda Rossin – Photo under Copyright

April 2019 – August 2019

The 58th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Animal Artists presents the Art and the Animal, which features over a hundred paintings and sculptures of wild and domestic animals from the top best artists worldwide. Once a year, members of the Society of Animal Artists come together to submit their pieces for the exhibit. A panel of judges will review the art pieces and select only 125 pieces out of hundreds of submissions to be apart of the exhibit.


For more information on the Society of Animal Artists visit: 


Credits to David J. Wagner, Ph.D. Tour Director for Art and the Animal                       David J. Wagner L.L.C. website:

Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination

September 1, 2012, through August 31, 2018

Rattlerssss is here! The Sternberg Museum has created a one-of-a-kind educational exhibit on the rattlesnakes of the United States entitled “Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination”. Over 40 species of rattlesnake are alive on the earth today, 22 of which occur somewhere in the United States.

This exhibit centers on the display of LIVE rattlesnakes, ranging from the gigantic Eastern Diamondback to the extremely toxic Tiger Rattlesnake. Come learn about where these snakes occur, the habitats they live in, and the unique behaviors and adaptations of each species. Check in frequently, as the individual snakes in the display are regularly changed to show variations in color and pattern.