Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon!
Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs
Feb. 15- Sept. 1, 2014
"Wolf to Woof" is the world's largest exhibition on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. This family-friendly exhibit reveals the fascinating history of dogs, their connection with wolves and what makes them man's best friend. Four themed areas feature artifacts, multimedia displays, photo murals and dioramas on wild canines and modern dog breeds. Explore interactive hands-on components such as a "howling area" and "guess what dogs are saying" activity, or go nose-to-nose against a dog's great sense of smell. Learn how dogs have secured a special place in human society as an incredibly diverse and versatile species, serving as hunters, herders, guards and companions.
La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers In 1513, when Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in this land and named it La Florida, it was ablaze with a rainbow of spring blossoms. This exhibit showcases stunning photography to commemorate 500 years of Florida's unique wildflowers, which continue to play an important part in the state’s natural history and culture. Featured are 15 large-format photographs by Gainesville nature photographer John Moran, who roamed the state to capture the beauty and mystique of Florida's original Garden of Eden.
Apr. 19- Aug. 3, 2014
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
Sept. 27, 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.
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.