Florida Museum continues free student admission ‘A for Science’ program

January 27th, 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is continuing its popular ‘A for Science’ free admission program for students throughout the state.

Elementary, middle and high school students in Florida who receive an ‘A’ or ‘E’ grade in science can present their latest report card at the front desk and receive a free value admission to the “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” and “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibits with a paid regular price adult value admission. Alachua County students receive report cards Feb. 1 and the museum will open the “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” exhibit Feb. 4.

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

Museum begins three-year campaign Oct. 15 to fund permanent ‘Discovery Room’

September 22nd, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Buy your tickets now for the first events in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s three-year fundraising campaign to create a permanent and expanded “Discovery Room” family activity area. The events are scheduled for Oct. 15, Nov. 16 and Feb. 24, 2012.

The campaign will fund the planning and construction of a 2,000-square-foot innovative family-friendly experience that fosters critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.

The museum’s goal is to raise $100,000 by February 2012 for planning and design of the activity area. The total campaign goal is $1 million, with the remaining funds used to construct the exhibit. (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 of Natural History guided fossil exhibit tours begin Feb. 19

February 8th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is now offering free docent-guided tours of the permanent exhibit, “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land. The 20 minute tours begin at 2:45 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, beginning Feb. 19.

“We really hope the tours will enrich the visitor experience at the museum,” said Florida Museum education assistant Jeanette Carlisle. “Our goal is to make this an ongoing and permanent program.”

The tours are guided by museum docents with exhibit training. Groups are limited to 12 people, and visitors who wish to participate should meet the docent tour guide in the central gallery in front of the mammoth five minutes prior to the tour. (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…)

Fla. Museum debuts renowned paleo-artist Charles R. Knight paintings April 21

April 16th, 2007

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Beginning April 21, the Florida Museum of Natural History will display seven study paintings and a self-portrait by renowned paleo-artist Charles R. Knight (1874-1953) in the Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land exhibition.

Knight completed the paintings, on loan from his granddaughter Rhoda Knight Kalt of New York, nearly a century ago as studies for some of his famous large murals. They include many animals that once lived in Florida, and have extra significance because Knight painted the landscape backgrounds when he visited the state in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Knight’s murals depicting ancient life grace the halls of America’s greatest natural history museums, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Field Museum in Chicago. (more…)