Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon!
A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of the Passenger Pigeon
Sept. 1, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015
This exhibition tells the story of the Passenger Pigeon, which once numbered in the billions, and the human influence on its extinction. Highlights include personal accounts from famed naturalists who documented its biology and observed its decline. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about related Florida Museum research and view a pair of well-preserved Passenger Pigeons mounted in the 1890s. The exhibit explores the idea of learning from the past, and provides hope for the future as scientists continue to unravel the complexities of extinction and use this knowledge to make a difference in the world today.
This exhibit was developed by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and the Florida Museum of Natural History. Illustration by Arthur Singer
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
Oct. 4, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
The largest shark ever known is returning to Gainesville! Be consumed with awe at Megalodon, the gigantic prehistoric shark that once cruised the world's oceans. Walk through the full-scale jaw of a 60-foot-long shark sculpture to learn the story of this fantastic ancient creature, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and new science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale. The object-rich exhibit features fossil specimens from several collections and life-size, scale models of other fossil and modern sharks. Tooth-shaped display units include actual Megalodon fossils, and the exhibit is rich in hands-on, family-friendly activities.
A T. rex Named Sue
Jan. 24 - Sept. 13, 2015
Tyrannosaurus rex has long commanded respect and sparked curiosity in the mind of the public, and Sue is the most famous T. rex of all. At 42 feet long and 12 feet tall at the hips, her skeleton inspires as much awe today as she did 67 million years ago. In the temporary exhibit “A T. rex Named Sue,” explore how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones. Revel in the sheer magnitude of a fully articulated, life-size skeleton cast while learning about Sue’s movement, vision and sense of smell. Enjoy family-friendly interactives, climb into the dig pit to uncover fossils and learn about dinosaurs through touchable bone replicas and other hands-on activities. Follow Sue’s sensational journey from the Cretaceous period and sedimentary rocks of South Dakota to the U.S. courts and finally the world. Come to the Florida Museum to experience the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered!
This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, and made possible through the generosity of McDonald’s Corporation.
First Colony: Our Spanish Origins
Coming in 2016
Long before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country’s first enduring European settlement — St. Augustine, in 1565. Discover the first colony through archaeology, history and the stories of people who lived there in this hands-on, interactive exhibition. These first colonial immigrants created America’s original "melting pot" — a colorful, multicultural society that was new then, but might seem familiar today.
See it now in St. Augustine or visit when the exhibit comes to Gainesville in 2016.