‘Peanuts…Naturally’ with Charlie Brown and friends opens Sept. 29

August 28th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Get ready to explore the natural world with your favorite “Peanuts” characters in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Peanuts…Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Nature,” opening Sept. 29.

The exhibit takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through “Peanuts” comic strips, videos, objects and interactive stations. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers opening day activities for new fossil exhibit Feb. 4

January 27th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a prehistoric road trip with the Florida Museum of Natural History during the opening of “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4.

University of Florida mascots Albert and Alberta are scheduled to appear from 11 a.m. to noon for visitor photographs with the Albertosaurus skeleton in the exhibit. UF paleontologists, paleobotanists and geologists, as well as members of state fossil clubs including the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, Southwest Florida Fossil Club, Florida Fossil Hunters and the Florida Paleontological Society will also speak with visitors and display specimens from their collections. (more…)

Dinosaurs invade Gainesville with ‘Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway’ exhibit Feb. 4

December 22nd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dinosaurs are coming to Gainesville! Take a prehistoric road trip through the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson,” Feb. 4 through Sept. 3.

The exhibit features 30 fossils, including complete skeleton casts of the three-horned Triceratops dinosaur, and Albertosaurus, a carnivore that lived about 70 million years ago. The fossils complement 19 color prints and five large-scale murals by Troll, created for the book “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway,” by Troll and Johnson. Visitors also will be able to observe Florida Museum scientists in a functioning paleontology lab preparing fossils collected during research projects from around the world. (more…)

Museum’s new ‘Explore Research’ exhibit showcases University of Florida research

November 21st, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Museum visitors may now learn about some of the University of Florida’s most interesting global discoveries and research – from how to free whales entangled in lobster traps to how plants will grow in space.

These and other UF projects are highlighted in “Explore Research,” a new interactive multimedia exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus. The exhibit features short videos updated monthly and an interactive Smart Board to engage visitors in the journey of scientific discovery at UF, including its relevance and benefits.

The initiative was developed as a collaborative project by the museum, the UF Office of Research and the UF Scientific Thinking and Educational Partnership. Two- to three-minute videos produced by UF students feature research from across the university in fields including medicine, engineering and agricultural sciences. (more…)

New ‘Depth of Field’ photography exhibit on display at Florida Museum

November 14th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — See a magnified view of dozens of specimens and artifacts in the new exhibit, “Depth of Field: Museum Specimens Up-close,” at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit showcases objects from the museum’s collection through photographs captured with an advanced imaging system that combines a high-resolution microscope and 21 megapixel digital camera.

There are currently 16 pictures on display in the museum’s central gallery, and another 16 planned for future long-term display. The pictures feature a variety of specimens, including head lice, snails, ancient pottery and orchids. (more…)

‘Our Energy Future’ exhibit to open at Florida Museum Nov. 11

November 1st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore alternative power sources and learn about your own energy consumption in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest permanent exhibit “Our Energy Future,” opening Nov. 11.

The exhibit, designed to resemble a home, includes information about energy use; ways to reduce consumption, like purchasing more efficient appliances and using power strips; climate change and its effects and more.

“It’s all about energy use and how to save it at home with simple steps,” said Tina Choe, Florida Museum exhibit developer.

The exhibit also discusses the limits of fossil fuels and alternative sources, like solar, wind and geothermal power. (more…)

‘Birds of the World’ exhibit to open at Florida Museum Aug. 13

August 5th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover how scientific texts are created and illustrated in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Birds of the World: From Science to Art,” opening Aug. 13.

Based on the book “Birds of the World,” written by Oliver Austin, the Florida Museum’s first curator of ornithology, and illustrated by world-renowned artist Arthur Singer, the free exhibit showcases the process of creating one of the most comprehensive books on birds and illustrates how the printing process affects highly detailed artwork. The exhibit also highlights the personal and professional relationship the two developed while creating the book.

In the exhibit, visitors may view letters to and from Singer and Austin, Singer’s original page-layout sketches for “Birds of the World,” first printed in 1961, replicas of the tools used to create the book’s life-like illustrations, and comparisons of Singer’s original artwork with the printed pages. (more…)

Discover the wild side of music at the Florida Museum beginning May 28

May 5th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experience the symphony of the animal kingdom at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life” opening May 28.

The exhibit, presented in English, Spanish and Braille, allows visitors to hear, feel and see the power of sound.

“‘Wild Music’ explores the biological roots of music,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum of Natural History assistant director for exhibits. “The exhibit is highly interactive and hands-on, allowing visitors to explore the science of sound and music in an engaging and entertaining way.” (more…)

Florida Museum of Natural History to open popular ‘Discovery Room’ May 28

April 28th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will open its “Discovery Room,” a favorite area for visitors of all ages, at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28.

Admission is free, and the room is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The activity area will remain open through Aug. 14. (more…)

Florida Museum ‘Barrier Islands’ painting exhibit opens March 17

March 10th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, “Barrier Islands: Creations of Tide and Time” from March 17 through June 26.

The free exhibit provides visitors with a glimpse of southeastern barrier islands through 26 paintings by Florida artists Brenda Hofreiter, Nancy Moskovitz and Mary Jane Volkmann. (more…)

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