Florida Museum of Natural History
Museum opens two new exhibitions
The permanent exhibit
Collections are the Library of Life
communicates the history, nature and value of the Museum’s
collections and research programs. Discovery drawers filled with
objects illustrate the important role collections play in teaching
about the Earth’s climate, ecology, people, evolution, extinction,
health, heritage, diversity, resources and beauty.
Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas
opened with a splash
and remains on view through 2013 before beginning its national
tour. Since ancient times, people of the Americas have relied on
canoes for daily life and worldly connections. The exhibition takes
visitors through the Americas to explore the multi-millennia dugout
tradition, still alive and well. Inspired by the discovery of 101 ancient
dugouts at Newnans Lake, Florida, the exhibit features artifacts,
videos and interactive displays as well as model and life-size canoes.
Focus on Energy
The Museum tackled two new projects related to its conservation
mission to educate visitors regarding energy consumption and
climate change. Relighting the
Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and
exhibit with metal halide lamps reduced the exhibit’s energy
use 75 percent. Installation of a 75kW solar array on the Museum
roof supplies about 8 percent of the building’s electricity. The array
also inspired a companion exhibit,
Our Energy Future
, slated to open
next year. The exhibit introduces critical energy topics while
focusing on ways people can conserve at home.
Temporary exhibits help the Museum present diverse mission-related
subjects to visitors. This year two large exhibitions,
CSI: Crime Scene
Florida Cattle Ranching: 500 Years of Tradition
with smaller exhibits, including
The Blue Path:
Protecting Florida’s Springs
, also allowed the Museum to partner with
community groups and other institutions.
Traveling Exhibits Program –
Museum on the Road!
Two Museum exhibits traveled to five national venues. The
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Exploration Place, Kansas,
and The Wildlife Experience, Colorado hosted
Shark that Ever Lived. TUSKS! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons
traveled to the Gray Fossil Site Museum in Tennessee and the
Macon Museum of Arts and Science in Georgia. The exhibits
have toured 21 museums nationwide.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
TUSKS! Ice Age
Mammoths and Mastodons
exhibits traveled to various venues across the country
Visitors explore the Museum’s new
Paddling through the Americas
exhibit will begin its nationwide tour in 2014.