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2011-2012
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The Museum will display the
Dugout Canoes: Paddling
through the Americas
exhibit
through the fall of 2013.
The exhibit will begin its
traveling tour in 2014.
Left: The Museum
developed its first traveling
exhibit in 1953 —
a panoramic survey
of Florida history
beginning with the state’s
earliest inhabitants.
Below: A series of jaws in
the
Megalodon
traveling
exhibit help illustrate the
growth of the extinct shark
to an estimated 60 feet long.
Traveling
Exhibits
program
Traveling Exhibits Program – Museum on the Road!
In a transition year, one exhibit retired, another toured
farther, and a third prepared for launch.
TUSKS! Ice Age
Mammoths and Mastodons
traveled to its final venue,
the Macon Museum of Arts and Science in Georgia,
before retiring from service after seven great years
on the road. Now in its fifth year of travel,
Megalodon:
Largest Shark that Ever Lived
continued its successful
tour, showing at The Wildlife Experience in Denver,
Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile, Ala., and Adventure
Aquarium in Camden, N.J. Now at the Museum but
ready to hit the road in 2014,
Dugout Canoes: Paddling
through the Americas
, is being prepped to travel and
promises to reach a new set of national audiences.
Looking Ahead
What will the future hold for the Museum’s
exhibition program? Both Changing Exhibits and
Traveling Exhibits are holding their own in a fiscally
challenging environment. Sponsorships and grants
have allowed the Museum to envision and launch
new projects. Among these exciting visions—
a permanent
Discovery Room
to introduce
children ages 3-10 and their families to natural history
inquiry, a traveling exhibit titled
First Colony: Our
Spanish Origins
to highlight the Museum’s decades-
long archaeological research of Spanish colonial
sites, and a renovation of the Central Gallery to
better orient Museum visitors and provide an exciting
space for community events and interactions.
Awards
The Museum’s newest traveling exhibit,
Dugout Canoes:
Paddling through the Americas
, won the highest
Award of Excellence from the Southeastern Museums
Conference in its peer-juried recognition of the region’s
best new exhibits.