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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new Florida Museum of Natural History gallery exhibit opening April 20 will give visitors an intimate look at nine native Florida plants through the artwork of scientist and self-taught artist Terry Ashley.
“Botanical Chords: The Art and Science of Plants and Cells” includes composite images of two aspects of the same species: a plant as seen by the human eye coupled with a microscopic view of its cells.
“I think of a chord as a combination that enhances the experience,” Ashley said. “A single note is nice, but a chord is something special.”
While working as a research scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine, she conceived the idea for “Botanical Chords” after attending a presentation by Canadian photographer Andre Gallant. He used a “subject” slide and a “texture” slide to create “slide sandwiches.” She completed her first composite image in 2002.
To create the magnified images, Ashley peels off the outer layer of a leaf, petal or stem until the specimen is a single cell layer thick. She takes many pictures of both the microscopic and large view of the plants, carefully pairing them for the best match. (more…)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will open two new free exhibits Saturday featuring the state’s natural springs and exploring legends surrounding Ponce de León’s discovery of the state 500 years ago.
The “Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth” exhibit features 88 images by nature photographer John Moran, including a 20-foot-by-60-foot photograph of two manatees and four other large-scale images. Based on an upcoming book by Rick Kilby, the “Finding the Fountain of Youth: Discovering Florida’s Magical Waters” exhibit examines how the legend of Ponce de Leon’s quest for restorative waters shaped the Sunshine State’s image as a land of fantasy, rejuvenation and magical spring-fed waters. (more…)
Opening day features film screening, members of discovery team, family fun
Editors: A complete list of opening day activities follows this release
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — See the largest snake that ever roamed the Earth at the Florida Museum of Natural History during the opening of “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26.
Activities range from screenings of the Smithsonian Channel documentary to a panel discussion and individual presentations by scientists who discovered fossils of the 2,500-pound reptile in a Colombian coal mine in 2004. (more…)