‘Quilting Natural Florida II’ exhibit to open at Fla. Museum Feb. 6

November 12th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild will open the “Quilting Natural Florida II” exhibit Feb. 6, 2010.

The exhibit features 105 quilts from 13 states and Sweden that illustrate Florida plants, animals and environments. The quilts were selected by jurors from the Florida Museum and the Quilters Guild, and vary greatly from traditional designs to the more artistic and abstract.

“It’s a challenge for the entrants’ skill level and creativity to meet the criteria, but their quilts uniquely express the beauty and wonderment of natural Florida,” said Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits Darcie MacMahon. (more…)

‘Amazon Voyage’ interactive exhibit opening Oct. 3 features special activities

September 25th, 2009

Editors note: A complete schedule of opening day activities follows

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Travel into the rainforest beginning Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches.”

Opening day activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include various hands-on learning and crafts for children, story time with the Alachua County Library District and a presentation on Amazonian indigenous peoples.

Children can compare household tools to mouths of fish to understand adaptations for different diets and feeding methods, learn how imprint fossils develop, make a piranha rubbing and create a masterpiece on the wall with art from the “Amazon Voyage” exhibit. (more…)

Florida Museum to open ‘Amazon Voyage’ exhibit Oct. 3

August 25th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This fall, travel into the rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History with “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” showing Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010.

This family-friendly exhibit educates visitors about the Amazon rainforest with a fascinating journey through this untamed land, including information about the plants, animals and people who live there.

“For many Americans, the Amazon is a storied place full of exotic animals, plants and cultures,” said Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum assistant director of exhibits. “This exhibit brings the Amazon to life with beautiful art, hands-on experiences, good science and fascinating stories.”

Visitors will travel through seven unique ports-of-call while learning about the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon River. Discover the “Seven Perils of the Amazon,” including the electric eel, piranha and the infamous anaconda. Each stop focuses on one of the seven perils and a common type of Amazon terrain. Experience the zap of an electrifying eel in the “Flooded Forest,” learn how catfish adapt in the “Deep Channel” and meet other interesting and sometimes dangerous water-dwelling creatures in the piranha area. (more…)

Florida Museum "Family Nature" wildlife photo exhibit opens Thursday

August 17th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bring those you love to a special photography exhibit focused on families by Jeff Smith at the Florida Museum of Natural History. The show, “Family Nature,” opens Thursday (Aug. 20) and runs through Dec. 13.

Smith, a Melrose-based dentist since 1980, captures everyday family life in the wilds of north central Florida through his captivating photographs. His collection of photos includes courting rituals between barred owls, leisure time among alligators and mother eagles nurturing their recently hatched eaglets.

“I enjoy showing the beauty of family ties within every landscape and species,” Smith said. “I hope some of the images will inspire others to be more appreciative of families found in nature and to help them thrive.” (more…)

‘Amazing Butterflies’ interactive maze exhibit opens Saturday at Fla. Museum

June 9th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Transform into a caterpillar and grow into a butterfly beginning Saturday at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Amazing Butterflies.”

In “Amazing Butterflies,” visitors experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it morphs into a beautiful butterfly through a hands-on human maze. Along the way, they discover the ways caterpillars move, what they eat and how other creatures help them achieve their transformation.

“This exhibit is a wonderfully fun, family-friendly show and perfectly complements the experience of seeing live butterflies in our Butterfly Rainforest,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon.

Families can learn to crawl like a caterpillar by slipping into a set of caterpillar legs and using teamwork and locomotion to sprint for the finish line. Visitors will discover why carpenter ants in Panama defend metalmark caterpillars from parasitic wasps and other predators, and feed a caterpillar its lunch through team games and contests. (more…)

Drew Fulton Everglades photography exhibit opens Thursday at Fla. Museum

April 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE , Fla. — Extend your Everglades journey at the Florida Museum of Natural History with “Everglades Imagery: Intimate Details of a Vast Landscape,” a photography exhibit by Drew Fulton on display April 16 – Aug 16.

At 2,500 square miles, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. By examining the “River of Grass” on a small scale, Fulton highlights the diversity of the Everglades’ wildlife and landscapes.

“I wanted to capture the essence of the Florida Everglades by examining the small, intricate details of this expansive landscape,” Fulton said.

The exhibit’s 20 images include egrets, woodpeckers and alligators, and distinctive flora such as pond cypresses, turtlegrass and the tiny yellow allamanda flower. Many of the species pictured are threatened or endangered by agricultural or residential development in south Florida. (more…)

Crawl, climb and fly with ‘Amazing Butterflies’ at Florida Museum beginning June 13

April 1st, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This summer, the Florida Museum of Natural History invites visitors to transform into caterpillars and journey through one of the planet’s most amazing lifecycles at “Amazing Butterflies” June 13 – Sept. 7.

In “Amazing Butterflies,” visitors experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it morphs into a beautiful butterfly through a hands-on human maze of larger-than-life leaves, grass and trees. Along the way, they discover the ways caterpillars move, what they eat and how other creatures help them achieve their transformation.

“The timing of ‘Amazing Butterflies’ couldn’t be better, since summer is when our local butterflies are most active and people can watch their magical lifecycle unfold in their own backyards,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon. (more…)

Florida Museum Everglades double feature opens Saturday Opening day activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. feature photographer Clyde Butcher

February 2nd, 2009

Editors note: complete opening day schedule follows

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with special opening day activities.

Renowned photographer Clyde Butcher will share his experiences capturing the subtle beauty of the Everglades during a special presentation from 1 to 2 p.m.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades. (more…)

Fla. Museum Everglades exhibit opens Feb. 7 featuring Clyde Butcher, Jeff Ripple photos and top 10 invasive species

December 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from Feb. 7 through May 31, 2009.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades.

“ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple” showcases these accomplished photographers’ work to convey the hidden beauty of the Florida Everglades. Both Butcher and Ripple approached this project as artists, rather than scientists, venturing deep into the swamp in search of perfect locations and light. The photos, accompanied by the photographers’ thoughts, are a celebration of this mysterious land. (more…)

Fla. Museum photo exhibit on Indian medicine traditions opens Thursday

December 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Immerse yourself in the tradition of the Florida Creek Indians at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest galleria exhibit, “Women’s Medicine: Traditions of the Florida Creek Indians,” Thursday through April 12, 2009.

The exhibit of 24 photographs from Margaret and Michael Bogan focuses on their search for the flowers, leaves and plants of traditional Creek Indian medicine. Visitors also will learn about the relationship between animals and plants in natural medicine.

“We often admire our native flora for its beauty,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon. “But this exhibit adds a dimension to our appreciation — the longstanding traditional uses of native plants for medicines.” (more…)

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