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…)

Florida Museum offers night of wild music July 15 as part of ‘Creative B’ program

July 1st, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 15 for a night of live music and explore the new temporary exhibit “Wild Music: Sounds and Songs of Life.”

The free event offered as part of the University of Florida’s Creative B program features performances from “Deezy Pete,” a classic jazz trio, the Florida League for Independent Performance and other musicians. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits will also be open, excluding the Butterfly Rainforest. There is only an admission fee for the “Wild Music” exhibit.

Admission to “Wild Music” is free for UF students with a valid Gator 1 ID and museum members, but regular ticket prices apply to other visitors: $8 for adults ($7 Florida residents) and $5.50 for youth ages 3-17. (more…)

Florida Museum extends ‘Barrier Islands’ exhibit through Aug. 7

June 20th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Due to popular demand, the Florida Museum of Natural History will display the exhibit “Barrier Islands: Creations of Tide and Time” through Aug. 7.

Originally scheduled to close Sunday (June 26), the exhibit of 26 paintings by Florida artists Brenda Hofreiter, Nancy Moskovitz and Mary Jane Volkmann depicts barrier island scenes, including wildlife, lighthouses, landscapes, sunrises, sunsets and tidal marshes. All paintings are for sale and the artists have agreed to donate 30 percent of the proceeds to the museum. (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 ‘Barrier Islands’ painting exhibit opens March 17

March 10th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, “Barrier Islands: Creations of Tide and Time” from March 17 through June 26.

The free exhibit provides visitors with a glimpse of southeastern barrier islands through 26 paintings by Florida artists Brenda Hofreiter, Nancy Moskovitz and Mary Jane Volkmann. (more…)

Museum offers full slate for ‘Florida Cattle Ranching,’ ‘Cowboys’ opening Feb. 12

February 3rd, 2011

Gainesville last stop on ‘Cattle Ranching’ tour; both exhibits free

Editors note: A complete list of opening day activities follows this release

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Grab your boots and mosey down to the Florida Museum of Natural History for the opening of “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12.

“Visitors can experience the excitement of Florida’s cattle ranching culture through our opening day activities,” said Florida Museum of Natural History education coordinator Kendra Lanza-Kaduce. “The number of ranching- and cowboy-related activities and groups scheduled to participate make this the largest public opening event the Florida Museum has hosted. Visitors, young and old, will enjoy both exhibits.” (more…)

Cattle ranching, cowboy exhibits open Feb. 12 at Florida Museum Natural History

January 12th, 2011

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Move over Texans; Floridians are the original cowboys. Discover the state’s cattle ranching and cowboy traditions through two new exhibits opening at the Florida Museum of Natural History Feb. 12: “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition” and “Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier, Photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.”

These free exhibits, on display through May 8, take an in-depth look at Florida’s cattle ranching history and continued impact on the state’s economy (more…)

Popularity prompts Fla. Museum extension of ‘Blue Path’ exhibit to Feb. 13, 2011

December 22nd, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is pleased to announce an extension of “The Blue Path: Protecting Florida’s springs” exhibit until Feb. 13, 2011, due to popular demand.

Coordinated by Florida’s Eden, a nonprofit citizen initiative that helped launch the Blue Path grassroots campaign, the exhibit uses paintings, photographs, maps and videos to illustrate how the state’s springs have shaped the local landscape. The exhibit also emphasizes the importance of the springs, and how residents’ everyday choices have a dramatic effect on water resources. (more…)

‘Symbiosis: Butterflies and Plants’ opens Oct. 19 at Florida Museum

October 4th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the delicate relationship between butterflies, moths and plants at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibit, “Symbiosis: Butterflies and Plants” Oct. 19 through March 13, 2011.

The free exhibit features watercolor paintings by Mindy Lighthipe, who hopes her art will express the importance of both host and nectar plants to butterflies and moths at various stages of their life cycles. (more…)

Explore panther research with "The Beetles: A Skeleton Crew," opening Saturday at the Florida Museum

August 30th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s panther research through the new exhibit, “The Beetles: A Skeleton Crew,” opening Saturday and on display through Jan. 17, 2011.

The free exhibit features photographs by Eric Zamora and Jeff Gage documenting panther research and the museum’s use of flesh-eating dermestid beetles to clean specimens before they are stored in the collections or displayed in an exhibit. (more…)

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