Florida Museum celebrates ‘Year of the Bat’ from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

September 4th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Lubee Bat Conservancy for a free “Year of the Bat Celebration” from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The event begins at the Florida Museum at 3215 Hull Road with displays, live bats and activities on bat biology and conservation. Around 7:15 p.m., visitors will be directed to the University of Florida Bat House on Museum Road, where Lubee Bat Conservancy Director Brian Pope will speak to visitors while waiting for the bats to emerge at dusk. (more…)

‘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…)

Dig into geology at the Florida Museum during ‘Can You Dig It?’ March 17

March 1st, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dig into geology and discover the ground beneath your feet at the sixth annual “Can You Dig It?” at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17.

This free, family-friendly event is sponsored by the University of Florida department of geological sciences and features hands-on activities and engaging demonstrations from the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society, Jackson Stoneworks and Santa Fe College.

“We’ve added some new displays and tables this year,” said Matt Smith, lecturer for the UF department of geological sciences. “We really want to get the people and kids out to see what geology is all about. Lots of kids don’t know what geologists actually do, so every year we try to mix it up and make the event better.”

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Florida Museum expands ‘A for Science’ free admission program to entire state

November 1st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is expanding its popular “A for Science” program statewide.

Elementary, middle and high school students in Florida who receive an ‘A’ or ‘S’ grade in science can present their latest report card for free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest with a paid regular price adult admission. Alachua County students receive their next report cards Nov. 8.

The offer is valid until the next report cards are issued. A student receiving another ‘A’ or ‘S’ grade on their next report card would again qualify for the offer through the end of the following grading period. (more…)

Popularity prompts museum to extend opening of ‘Discovery Room’ activity area

August 8th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The “Discovery Room,” a family-friendly activity area at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will remain open through Jan. 1, 2012, due to popular demand.

The museum also is considering converting the Discovery Room into a permanent exhibit open year-round.

“We hope to keep the Discovery Room open because of its popularity with our family visitors and to allow us to examine the effectiveness of different components for the larger, permanent exhibit we are in the initial stages of planning,” said Betty Dunckel, director of informal science education at the Florida Museum. (more…)

Florida Museum ‘Celebration of Sound’ Aug. 26 explores cultural traditions

August 2nd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover how cultures across the world incorporate sound into their traditions during “Celebration of Sound” from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The free event offers visitors a glimpse of how Native Americans incorporate sound into storytelling and features performances by Fear Buile, a local traditional Irish band, and Deezy Pete, a jazz trio.

“This is a celebration of the museum and the rich cultural history and heritage of the University of Florida,” said Tiffany Ireland, Florida Museum education assistant. (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

Editor’s Note: A full schedule of activities follows this release

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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…)

Dig into geology at the Florida Museum during ‘Can You Dig It?’ April 16

March 28th, 2011

Editors Note: A full list activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover geology and explore the ground beneath your feet during “Can You Dig It?” at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

The free family-friendly event, sponsored by the University of Florida department of geological sciences, Water and Air Research Inc. and Creative Environmental Solutions Inc., includes hands-on activities and live demonstrations from UF professors and students as well as the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society. (more…)

Grab your knapsack and spend the night at the Florida Museum March 12

February 24th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover what happens after dark at the Florida Museum of Natural History, during “Overnight at the Museum” from 7 p.m. March 12 through 9 a.m. March 13.

“Overnight at the Museum” is $50 for a member parent and child and $65 for a non-member parent and child. Additional guests are $20 each for members and $25 for non-members. A maximum of three children per adult may register. (more…)

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