Changing Exhibits Communicate and Inspire
Temporary exhibits help the Museum
communicate cutting-edge science in accessible
ways. Like our permanent exhibits, all aim to
engage audiences and inspire visitors.
In the large Changing Gallery,
Wild Music: Sounds
and Songs of Life
explored the biological origins of
music through interactivity and exceptional sound
experiences, expanding visitors’ understanding of
what makes music.
Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway
dinosaurs to Gainesville via a prehistoric road trip
through the American Southwest. Specimens from
the Museum’s collections, paired with the fossil-
inspired artwork of celebrated artist Ray Troll and
a working Paleo Prep Lab, introduced visitors to
the ways scientists use fossils to answer questions
about evolution, extinction and early life on Earth.
Five additional temporary exhibits this year highlighted
current research. In the Museum’s Library of Life series,
two new exhibits showcased the Ichthyology (Fishes)
and Mammals programs. The displays explored research
on endangered sawfish and other large fishes; and the
study of human head lice, their evolution and what this
information reveals about human migration and evolution.
In the Central Gallery, a new rotating photographic exhibit
features objects from the collections as viewed through
the lens of a high-resolution imaging system used to
answer new research questions. Two West Gallery
Birds of the World
An Early Maya City by
, introduced new research from the Museum’s
Ornithology and Mesoamerican Archaeology collections.
New Exhibits Underscore Conservation
The Museum opened two new long-term exhibitions
this year with a goal to inspire conservation efforts.
Our Energy Future
is a hands-on interactive exhibit
that introduces critical issues of energy production
and consumption and provides tips and tools for
conserving energy at home. It includes information
about the Museum’s rooftop solar array, how
much energy Floridians use for what purpose and
how we can make a difference in our future. The
exhibit transforms a Museum
hallway into a multimedia experience of monarch
butterflies and their winter migration to Mexico –
strong ambassadors for the role we can play in
species conservation and habitat preservation.
Focus on Energy
The Museum continues to improve on its energy
footprint, replacing much of the public area
lighting with efficient LED fixtures with funding
from a special University of Florida grant.
The Museum augmented
Cruisin’ the Fossil
exhibit with an
skeleton and working
fossil prep lab, which were
popular with visitors.
Left: This is a view looking
out of the Hall of Ornithology
in Science Hall on the UF
campus, where the Museum’s
exhibits were first displayed.