Join the Florida Museum for Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

January 18th, 2011

Editors note: A list of collectors interested in speaking with the media is available on request.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History for the 32nd Collectors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Collectors Day is the museum’s longest running event and attracts hundreds of visitors and collectors from around the region.

“There is such a large variety of collections that whether you enjoy classic cars, pop culture, history or animals, Collectors Day will showcase a collection that will engage and fascinate you,” said Kendra Lanza-Kaduce, Florida Museum education and public programs coordinator. (more…)

ButterflyFest offers activities for all ages, including butterfly releases, plant sale

October 21st, 2010

(EDITORS: A complete schedule of events follows this release.)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The fifth annual ButterflyFest at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday features free, interactive presentations and activities the entire family will enjoy.

Visitors can listen to presentations about Project Butterfly WINGS, Honduran butterflies and moths, the Monarch Watch organization, worldwide honey bee decline and the migratory patterns of Monarchs. Gardening activities and wildflower walks as well as live butterfly releases will also be offered. (more…)

Florida Museum of Natural History opens ‘Discovery Room’ June 21

June 14th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History opens its “Discovery Room” for guests of all ages from June 21- Aug. 22. The room is free and open every day until 4:30 p.m.

The activity space provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about Florida’s natural habitats through hands-on activities, interactive displays, books, games and various scheduled programs. (more…)

Celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day with museums at UF Cultural Plaza

April 16th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the fun with the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art during the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 24.

Located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, this year’s celebration includes demonstrations and activities focused on the environment and conservation. The Alachua County environmental protection department will hold a rain barrel sale outside the museums. These barrels help homeowners collect water for reuse on their property. Also, visit with local conservation groups at both museums and learn how easy it is to help preserve the planet. (more…)

Spend the night at the Florida Museum of Natural History Feb. 27

January 20th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When night descends on the Florida Museum of Natural History, where does Megalodon hunt? What makes a glyptodont sleepy? And what happens when museum visitors stay after hours?

Find out what lurks in the cave and what goes on in the Calusa hut when the lights go down at “Overnight at the Museum,” a Florida Museum sleepover Saturday, Feb. 27 – Sunday, Feb. 28.

“Overnight at the Museum is an adventure-filled party that lets participants experience the Florida Museum in an extraordinary way,” said education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “Because the inaugural sleepover last September was such a success, we wanted to be sure and offer this special opportunity to families again.” (more…)

Register by Dec. 31 to display during Fla. Museum Collectors Day Jan. 23, 2010

December 22nd, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23, 2010, for the 31st annual Collectors Day event. Meet local collectors and discover the history and enthusiasm behind their unique displays.

Registration to display collections is open through Dec. 31. Call Tiffany Ireland, 352-273-2061, for more information and to register. The Jan. 23 event is free and open to all ages.

“Collectors Day provides the public with an opportunity to become more than an observer at the museum while focusing on an important component of natural history museums and science — collecting,” said Florida Museum education assistant Tiffany Ireland. “Like scientists, the participants in the event collect as a way of exploring the diversity and history of their area of interest. This event provides them with the rare opportunity to share that knowledge and passion with others.” (more…)

ButterflyFest this weekend features tagged monarch releases, plant sale

October 19th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will release tagged monarch butterflies, hold gardening and photography workshops and feature expert speakers on a variety of gardening and pollinator wildlife topics during its annual ButterflyFest Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 24-25).

ButterflyFest is a celebration of all pollinators and encourages visitors to explore their role in our ecosystem through crafts, games and presentations. The festival also includes activities, entertainment, food vendors, workshops and tours for the whole family.

Florida Museum staff will release hundreds of Monarch butterflies both days of the festival. The Florida Museum is participating for the third year in the national Monarch Watch program, which tracks the butterflies’ migration to Mexico with citizen reports using tiny stickers attached to the butterflies’ wings. (more…)

Join the Florida Museum, UF Cultural Plaza for Friday Night Sights

September 9th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s that time of year again — football season has finally arrived and so has the University of Florida Cultural Plaza’s Friday Night Sights. Bring family and friends beginning Friday as the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum of Art and Philips Center for the Performing Arts provide additional events to enhance select home football game weekends.

The Florida Museum and Harn Museum will remain open until 7 p.m. on select Friday nights, allowing visitors to explore before attending performances at the Phillips Center next door.

Florida Museum guests may visit the Butterfly Rainforest during all Friday night events, as well as the newest temporary exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and other Riches” beginning Oct. 3. (more…)

Florida Museum announces fall programs, exhibits

August 26th, 2009

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Exhibits

“Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” – Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010
Visit seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays and mysterious pink dolphins. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents), $5.50 for ages 3-12 and free to museum members and children 2 and under.

“Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds” – through Jan. 31, 2010
Seven study paintings by Charles R. Knight, the first and the most renowned “paleo-artist” of all time, are on display in the Hall of Florida Fossils. Knight’s murals depicting ancient life grace the halls of America’s greatest natural history museums. The paintings include many animals that once lived in Florida.

“Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art” – through Jan. 3, 2010
This exhibit highlights the role of butterflies in the belief system and art of contemporary Zuni people, Native Americans who live in the high desert of the American southwest. Many Zuni traditional arts feature butterflies and moths, and this tradition continues today in their fine arts, crafts and tourist art forms. Pieces in the exhibit include jewelry, paintings, small carvings and various selections of pottery. (more…)

Fla. Museum to host fourth annual ButterflyFest Oct. 24-25, online registration now available

July 27th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History during its fourth annual ButterflyFest Oct. 24 – 25 for a weekend of fun activities focused on pollinator conservation and gardening.

ButterflyFest is a free, family-friendly event with activities and workshops emphasizing awareness and conservation of backyard pollinators and wildlife. This year’s event also features the first “Pollinator Photo Contest” with cash prizes awarded in junior and adult age divisions.

“ButterflyFest celebrates our living Rainforest exhibit and highlights the ongoing research conducted by our scientists in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity,” said Douglas Noble, head of exhibits and public programs. “The fun, engaging atmosphere of the festival brings thousands to the museum to embrace our role in the conservation of pollinators.”

This year’s festival features wildlife research ecologist, author and artist Thomas Allen as the keynote speaker, as well as games, activities, workshops and tours for the whole family. (more…)

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