‘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…)

Florida Museum continues free Creative B movie series Friday with ‘Mothra vs. Godzilla’

July 11th, 2012

UF students receive free Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission July 13 with Gator 1 ID

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History continues its free July Creative B movie series from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday with the showing of “Mothra vs. Godzilla.”

University of Florida students with a valid Gator 1 ID receive free admission to the “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” exhibit free each movie night and free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit from 6 to 7:30 p.m. this Friday. (more…)

Fla. Museum offers opening day activities for new fossil exhibit Feb. 4

January 27th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a prehistoric road trip with the Florida Museum of Natural History during the opening of “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with artist Ray Troll and paleontologist Kirk Johnson” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4.

University of Florida mascots Albert and Alberta are scheduled to appear from 11 a.m. to noon for visitor photographs with the Albertosaurus skeleton in the exhibit. UF paleontologists, paleobotanists and geologists, as well as members of state fossil clubs including the Tampa Bay Fossil Club, Southwest Florida Fossil Club, Florida Fossil Hunters and the Florida Paleontological Society will also speak with visitors and display specimens from their collections. (more…)

Florida Museum wins two awards from Southeastern Museums Conference

January 11th, 2012

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History recently received two awards from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

The museum’s newest traveling exhibit, “Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas,” received the award of excellence for exhibits with budgets between $100,000 and $1 million, and the museum’s 2009-10 annual report received the gold award in the Publication Design competition.

Darcie MacMahon, Florida Museum assistant director for exhibits, accepted the awards on behalf of the museum at the group’s annual meeting in October in Greenville, S.C.

“We always strive to achieve excellence in our exhibitions, but outside confirmation from the field is very exciting and provides a stamp of approval that other institutions around the country will recognize when the exhibit begins its tour,” MacMahon said. (more…)

Dinosaurs invade Gainesville with ‘Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway’ exhibit Feb. 4

December 22nd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dinosaurs are coming to Gainesville! Take a prehistoric road trip through the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson,” Feb. 4 through Sept. 3.

The exhibit features 30 fossils, including complete skeleton casts of the three-horned Triceratops dinosaur, and Albertosaurus, a carnivore that lived about 70 million years ago. The fossils complement 19 color prints and five large-scale murals by Troll, created for the book “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway,” by Troll and Johnson. Visitors also will be able to observe Florida Museum scientists in a functioning paleontology lab preparing fossils collected during research projects from around the world. (more…)

UF employees receive free admission to Florida Museum of Natural History Dec. 3

November 18th, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida faculty and staff are invited to enjoy free admission and gift shop and plant sale discounts at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

UF employees will receive postcards through campus mail, which may be presented at the front desk for free admission to the “Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life” and Butterfly Rainforest exhibits. Employees who do not receive a postcard may present a valid Gator 1 ID for free admission. Employees may also show their Gator 1 ID to receive a 10 percent discount in the museum gift shops, including butterfly-friendly plant purchases. All other museum exhibits are free.

“The staff and faculty represent UF’s most valuable asset,” said Florida Museum of Natural History Director Douglas Jones. “By offering free admission to our two fee-based exhibits, the Florida Museum can show its appreciation to the staff and faculty for all they do to enrich our community.” (more…)

New ‘Depth of Field’ photography exhibit on display at Florida Museum

November 14th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — See a magnified view of dozens of specimens and artifacts in the new exhibit, “Depth of Field: Museum Specimens Up-close,” at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit showcases objects from the museum’s collection through photographs captured with an advanced imaging system that combines a high-resolution microscope and 21 megapixel digital camera.

There are currently 16 pictures on display in the museum’s central gallery, and another 16 planned for future long-term display. The pictures feature a variety of specimens, including head lice, snails, ancient pottery and orchids. (more…)

Florida Museum fly-fishing exhibit opens today in Dickinson Hall

October 3rd, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Whether inspired by a magazine article, a TV show or simply watching others have fun, new hobbies can come from the most unlikely places.

For one Florida Museum of Natural History employee, it was a Brad Pitt movie.

“Fly-fishing for me started when I saw the movie ‘A River Runs Through It,’ ” said Mary-B. Ferl, a field assistant and front desk receptionist at Dickinson Hall, where most of the museum’s collections are housed. “The story line revolves around these two brothers fly-fishing. It just has beautiful pictures and I thought, ‘You know, before I die, I want to do it.’ And why wait until I’m 80, why not start now?” (more…)

Florida Museum hosts ‘Drums and Dance’ fall music series

September 8th, 2011

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

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Let the rhythm and melody move you during “Drums and Dance,” a series of musical events at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4.

The free events feature area groups and a special admission discount — one free “Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life” admission with the purchase of a regular price adult admission.

“I’m always grateful for a chance to share my love of music and to, hopefully, inspire future musicians,” said Mike Boulware, a vocalist and guitarist for The Imposters, a Beatles tribute band performing Dec. 4. (more…)

‘Birds of the World’ exhibit to open at Florida Museum Aug. 13

August 5th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Discover how scientific texts are created and illustrated in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Birds of the World: From Science to Art,” opening Aug. 13.

Based on the book “Birds of the World,” written by Oliver Austin, the Florida Museum’s first curator of ornithology, and illustrated by world-renowned artist Arthur Singer, the free exhibit showcases the process of creating one of the most comprehensive books on birds and illustrates how the printing process affects highly detailed artwork. The exhibit also highlights the personal and professional relationship the two developed while creating the book.

In the exhibit, visitors may view letters to and from Singer and Austin, Singer’s original page-layout sketches for “Birds of the World,” first printed in 1961, replicas of the tools used to create the book’s life-like illustrations, and comparisons of Singer’s original artwork with the printed pages. (more…)

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