Upcoming Exhibits

Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon! 

Beverly and Jon Thompson
Discovery Zone
Opens July 17, 2017

Discovery Zone logo smallerExplore, observe, study, pretend and play! This new permanent exhibit designed for children 8 and under will have opportunities for the whole family to discover and learn together. It includes an area for infants and toddlers, as well as a vast array of touchable objects. See a fully articulated human skeleton and replica T. rex skull, view items under microscopes and enter a forest habitat. With engaging interactive activities and media resources, the exhibit is sure to foster a sense of wonder in every child about our world.

The Beverly and Jon Thompson Discovery Zone was made possible by the generous support of Museum donors and is sponsored in part by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Division of Historical Resources and Alachua County Board of County Commissioners through the Tourist Development Tax.   

Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @Florida Museum
Sept. 23, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018

Strawberry urchin

In 2017, the Florida Museum marks its 100th anniversary as the state’s official natural history museum. This celebratory exhibition explores the key role museum collections play in telling the story of life on Earth. From rare, ancient treasures to cutting-edge technologies, the exhibit showcases the Museum’s 21 collections and research initiatives that address topics from extinction to biodiversity. Visitors may interact with scientists working in the prep lab from a different collection each week, explore the institution’s rich history and learn how the Museum has affected the lives of students, volunteers, employees and donors. Objects from the Museum’s 40 million specimens also reveal the stories of everything from coral reefs to human health to prehistoric life. Discover ways science has changed over time, and how the Florida Museum remains committed to addressing future critical world issues, including biodiversity, climate change, invasive species and more.

Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum was created by the Florida Museum of Natural History and made possible with financial support from Jon and Beverly Thompson, the University of Florida Office of the Provost, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the 1923 Fund.

The Scoop on Poop
Jan. 26-May 6, 2018

Scoop on Poop logoPoop is a scientific puzzle that provides important biological evidence about animals and how they live. Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages and cool off - some even eat it. Discover the science behind scat by examining fecal samples to reveal clues about wildlife. Visitors can listen to an animal’s digestive system, view 3-D models, touch a termite mound replica and compete in dung beetle races in this informational and interactive exhibit. Find out how scientists, farmers and power companies utilize pounds of droppings for investigative research.


The Scoop on Poop was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.