Museum offers full slate for ‘Florida Cattle Ranching,’ ‘Cowboys’ opening Feb. 12

February 3rd, 2011

Gainesville last stop on ‘Cattle Ranching’ tour; both exhibits free

Editors note: A complete list of opening day activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grab your boots and mosey down to the Florida Museum of Natural History for the opening of “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

“Visitors can experience the excitement of Florida’s cattle ranching culture through our opening day activities,” said Florida Museum of Natural History education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “The number of ranching- and cowboy-related activities and groups scheduled to participate make this the largest public opening event the Florida Museum has hosted. Visitors, young and old, will enjoy both exhibits.” (more…)

Cattle ranching, cowboy exhibits open Feb. 12 at Florida Museum Natural History

January 12th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Texans; Floridians are the original cowboys. Discover the state’s cattle ranching and cowboy traditions through two new exhibits opening at the Florida Museum of Natural History Feb. 12: “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.”

These free exhibits, on display through May 8, take an in-depth look at Florida’s cattle ranching history and continued impact on the state’s economy (more…)

Fla. Museum opens new exhibits on dugout canoes, collections Nov. 13

October 25th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A permanent exhibit, “Collections are the Library of Life,” highlights the museum’s research and scientific collections, which, at more than 30 million specimens, ranks as one of the top five in the nation. A new temporary exhibit, “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas,” takes visitors through North, Central and South America to explore how dugout canoes were used and how scientists study and preserve these ancient watercraft.

“We have one of the largest natural history collections in the country, which most people don’t realize because they see only what we have on display,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum assistant director for exhibits. (more…)

‘Symbiosis: Butterflies and Plants’ opens Oct. 19 at Florida Museum

October 4th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the delicate relationship between butterflies, moths and plants at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, “Symbiosis: Butterflies and Plants” Oct. 19 through March 13, 2011.

The free exhibit features watercolor paintings by Mindy Lighthipe, who hopes her art will express the importance of both host and nectar plants to butterflies and moths at various stages of their life cycles. (more…)

Explore panther research with "The Beetles: A Skeleton Crew," opening Saturday at the Florida Museum

August 30th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s panther research through the new exhibit, “The Beetles: A Skeleton Crew,” opening Saturday and on display through Jan. 17, 2011.

The free exhibit features photographs by Eric Zamora and Jeff Gage documenting panther research and the museum’s use of flesh-eating dermestid beetles to clean specimens before they are stored in the collections or displayed in an exhibit. (more…)

Florida Museum ‘Blue Path’ exhibit explores, promotes protection of state springs

August 4th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History presents its newest galleria exhibit “The Blue Path: Protecting Florida’s Springs” from Aug. 12 through Dec. 12.

Explore the state’s spring system and water cycle that shapes the landscape through photographs, paintings and displays by north central Florida’s best artists, writers, filmmakers, educators and scientists. The exhibit examines how everyday choices can either deplete and destroy or restore the state’s water supply. It is suitable for all ages and admission is free. (more…)

Florida Museum presents Nature Coast conservation photo exhibit through Aug. 8

June 28th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will display its newest photography exhibit “Life on the Edge: The Story of Florida’s Nature Coast” by Eric Zamora through Aug. 8.

Zamora uses the visual power of photography in this exhibit to share the story of Florida’s Nature Coast with the goal of helping mold a sustainable future for the region. (more…)

‘CSI: Crime Scene Insects’ opens Saturday at Florida Museum Special activities include painting with maggots, forensic demonstrations

May 6th, 2010

Editors note: Complete list of opening day activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History Saturday for the opening of its new temporary exhibit “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” and delve into the mysterious world of crime-solving entomology.

With many TV shows focusing on crime scene investigation, the exhibit uses hands-on activities, educational panels and mock investigations to show visitors how maggots, flies and beetles help solve crimes every day. (more…)

Fla. Museum opens new quilt exhibit Feb. 6 with activities, demonstrations

January 20th, 2010

Editor’s note: Complete opening day activity schedule follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Experience the natural beauty of Florida in a new way beginning Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Quilting Natural Florida II.”

The exhibit features more than 100 original quilts showcasing Florida’s wildlife and plants. From sea creatures to birds and everything in between, each quilt depicts part of the state’s landscape or wildlife. These stitched designs vary from literal to abstract creations. (more…)

Mollie Doctrow’s woodcut prints on display Thursday at Florida Museum

December 15th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will showcase a new Galleria exhibit by Mollie Doctrow entitled “Seasonal Crossings: Environmental Woodcuts of Central and South Florida” beginning Thursday.

The exhibit features woodcut prints inspired by native Florida habitats and plant species. Doctrow’s prints are portraits of plants and plant communities, some of which are endemic, and others that are rare or endangered.

“A dominant theme of my artwork is the drama of the moment, a personal interaction with a particular place,” Doctrow said. “The work represents natural forms processed accurately and expressively, going beyond documentation. The woodcut medium and the carving process suit this expressive depiction.” (more…)

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