‘La Florida’ exhibit featuring state’s native wildflowers opens April 19

March 24th, 2014
American Lotus, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Alachua County, 1999. Photo by John Moran

American Lotus, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Alachua County, 1999.
Photo by John Moran

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors will have an opportunity to discover the unique wildflowers that inspired Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 to name this state “place of flowers” at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest photography exhibition.

On display April 19 through Aug. 3, “La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers” showcases images from Gainesville nature photographer John Moran, who roamed the state to capture the beauty and mystique of Florida’s original Garden of Eden. It features 15 large-format photographs showing the timeless beauty of wildflowers along with a panel describing the history and (more…)

Museum to celebrate new ‘Wolf to Woof’ dog exhibit Feb. 22

February 6th, 2014

0e1632871_wolf-2-woof-logo.jpgGAINESVILLE, Fla. — On Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Florida Museum of Natural History is answering the age-old question of “Who let the dogs out?” with the celebration of its newest temporary exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs.”

The free, family-friendly event includes demonstrations by Pepe Dogs detection dogs and agility demonstrations by the Greater Ocala Dog Club. Visitors also will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, Alachua County Animal Services, Patriot PAWS, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Florida Museum and more.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for the student (more…)

Museum lets the dogs out in ‘Wolf to Woof’ exhibit opening Feb. 15

December 23rd, 2013

W2W logoGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors will soon be able to uncover the mysteries of man’s best friend at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new temporary exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” opening Feb. 15, 2014.

“Wolf to Woof” is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibit on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. It shows how dogs have secured a special place in human society as an incredibly diverse and versatile species that serves as hunters, herders, guards and companions.

“The canine/human relationship is something so special and unique in nature,” said Tina Choe, Florida Museum exhibit developer. “As a dog owner, I am thrilled to share this experience with our visitors.”

The exhibit reveals an in-depth history of dogs and (more…)

Museum Megalodon jaw to be displayed in new Panama Biomuseo

November 15th, 2013
Florida Museum of Natural History staff prepare the jaw of a Megalodon shark for shipment to the Biomuseo in Panama. Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

Florida Museum of Natural History staff prepare the jaw of a Megalodon shark for shipment to the Biomuseo in Panama.
Florida Museum of Natural History photo by Jeff Gage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently shipped the jaws of a Megalodon shark to Panama for display in the Biomuseo, a new science museum scheduled to open next year.

The specimen arrived in Panama in October as part of a long-term loan to the new natural history museum, expected to open during the first quarter of 2014. Florida Museum vertebrate paleontology curator Bruce MacFadden said the facility, located along the Panama Canal and designed by architect Frank Gehry, will be a world-class public exhibit space showcasing the country’s biodiversity and natural history. (more…)

Three streaming webcams added to Butterfly Rainforest

October 9th, 2013
This still image was taken from the feeding station webcam in the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

This still image was taken from the feeding station webcam in the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit may now be viewed worldwide via three streaming content cameras available on the Florida Museum of Natural History website.

Visitors may view links to all camera feeds at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/critter-cams/. The feeds include the overall exhibit on the overhead canopy camera as well as up-close views of a (more…)

Swallow-tailed Kite exhibit opens Oct. 12

September 27th, 2013
Photo by Jim Gray

Photo by jimgrayimages.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The story and beauty of the Swallow-tailed Kites’ annual 10,000-mile round-trip migration from Florida to South America is the subject of a new Florida Museum of Natural History exhibit opening Oct. 12.

Through paint, pictures and poetry, artist Margo McKnight and Ken Meyer of the Avian Research and Conservation Institute tell the tale of the fascinating journey and complex lives of these rare and beautiful birds of prey in the exhibit “A Swallow-tailed Kite’s 10,000-mile Journey: A Black and White Odyssey.”

“I undertook this project to simply introduce this amazing bird to a new audience,” McKnight said. “Awareness is the very first step and can turn into intention, which in turn can move people to action. Just one step can make a difference.”

Due to a sharp decline in the number of Swallow-tailed Kites over the last century, the (more…)

Celebrate new surfing exhibits Sept. 14

September 5th, 2013

Pollo Tropical will operate its "Robo-surfer" simulator from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sept. 14.

Pollo Tropical will operate its “Robo-surfer” simulator from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sept. 14.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Don your beachwear and join the Florida Museum of Natural History for a “surf’s up fun for all ages” celebration of its newest temporary exhibits, “Surfing Florida: A Photographic History” and “Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife,” Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free family-friendly event celebrates the significance of Florida’s coastal waters and its role in the ecosystem. Learn about beach and sea animals while discovering the biology of bioluminescence through an interactive display. Guests can test their surfing skills on “Robo-surfer,” an inflatable mechanical surfing simulator operated and (more…)

Exhibits exploring Florida’s surfing history, beach science open Aug. 31

August 2nd, 2013

This photograph was taken in Daytona Beach at Florida’s first surfing championship in 1938. Photo courtesy of Patty Light/ Gaulden Reed Archive

This photograph was taken in Daytona Beach at Florida’s first surfing championship in 1938.
Photo courtesy of Patty Light/ Gaulden Reed Archive

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Catch the wave” at the Florida Museum of Natural History as it opens two new temporary surfing exhibits Aug. 31.

“Surfing Florida: A Photographic History” explores the sport’s rich cultural history in Florida, while “Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife” mixes museum specimens with interactive stations to provide interesting details about animals that live at the beach, some of which also surf. (more…)

Register now for Creative B daylong St. Augustine field trip Aug. 3

July 23rd, 2013

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This rendition of a courtyard in colonial St. Augustine, Fla, by artist Michael Rosato is from the “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins” exhibit.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the rich archaeology of St. Augustine through an all-day trip Aug. 3 with the Florida Museum of Natural History and University of Florida Creative B program.

Gain an all access pass to the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, Colonial Quarter, Castillo de San Marcos and Government House Museum. The trip also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Florida Museum’s upcoming exhibit “First Colony: Our Spanish Origins,” which highlights St. Augustine as the nation’s oldest permanent European settlement. The exhibit is scheduled to open to the public in October.

“This trip provides an experience only the museum can offer,” said museum education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “Participants have the opportunity to visit important sites led by the scientists and researchers who have excavated and study artifacts detailing the 500-year-old culture and history of St. Augustine. (more…)

Florida’s rich surfing history subject of new exhibit opening Aug. 31

May 7th, 2013
Former professional surfer Shea Lopez, the oldest son of Gulf Coast surfer Pete Lopez, surfs in Hawaii in 2005.  Photo by Jeff Divine

Former professional surfer Shea Lopez, the oldest son of Gulf Coast surfer Pete Lopez, surfs in Hawaii in 2005.
Photo by Jeff Divine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida Museum of Natural History visitors will soon have the opportunity to discover the state’s famous coastal waters and deep surfing culture in the new exhibit “Surfing Florida,” opening Aug. 31.

Developed by Florida Atlantic University, the exhibit documents the state’s surfing history through vintage photographs and interpretive graphics as well as videos and oral histories from well-known Florida surfers. (more…)