Student Government to sponsor Fla. Museum CSI exhibit; UF students admitted free

July 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Student Government has voted to sponsor the Florida Museum of Natural History’s upcoming temporary exhibit “CSI: Crime Scene Insects,” for $60,000.

Student senators approved the sponsorship with a 70-0 vote at their July 7 meeting held at the Florida Museum. The museum will host the exhibit from May 8, 2010, through Jan. 17, 2011, and provide UF students with a valid Gator 1 card free admission as part of the sponsorship.

“With the increased costs of hosting a traveling exhibit and a decreasing state budget it becomes necessary to find financial sponsors for new exhibits,” said Florida Museum head of exhibits and public programs Doug Noble. “We are grateful for Student Government’s commitment to the success of ‘CSI.’ With support from SG and other organizations, we are confident we can continue to provide quality educational and leisure opportunities for UF students, Gainesvillians, and out-of-town visitors.” (more…)

‘Amazing Butterflies’ interactive maze exhibit opens Saturday at Fla. Museum

June 9th, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Transform into a caterpillar and grow into a butterfly beginning Saturday at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest temporary exhibit, “Amazing Butterflies.”

In “Amazing Butterflies,” visitors experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it morphs into a beautiful butterfly through a hands-on human maze. Along the way, they discover the ways caterpillars move, what they eat and how other creatures help them achieve their transformation.

“This exhibit is a wonderfully fun, family-friendly show and perfectly complements the experience of seeing live butterflies in our Butterfly Rainforest,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon.

Families can learn to crawl like a caterpillar by slipping into a set of caterpillar legs and using teamwork and locomotion to sprint for the finish line. Visitors will discover why carpenter ants in Panama defend metalmark caterpillars from parasitic wasps and other predators, and feed a caterpillar its lunch through team games and contests. (more…)

Drew Fulton Everglades photography exhibit opens Thursday at Fla. Museum

April 15th, 2009

GAINESVILLE , Fla. — Extend your Everglades journey at the Florida Museum of Natural History with “Everglades Imagery: Intimate Details of a Vast Landscape,” a photography exhibit by Drew Fulton on display April 16 – Aug 16.

At 2,500 square miles, the Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. By examining the “River of Grass” on a small scale, Fulton highlights the diversity of the Everglades’ wildlife and landscapes.

“I wanted to capture the essence of the Florida Everglades by examining the small, intricate details of this expansive landscape,” Fulton said.

The exhibit’s 20 images include egrets, woodpeckers and alligators, and distinctive flora such as pond cypresses, turtlegrass and the tiny yellow allamanda flower. Many of the species pictured are threatened or endangered by agricultural or residential development in south Florida. (more…)

Crawl, climb and fly with ‘Amazing Butterflies’ at Florida Museum beginning June 13

April 1st, 2009

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This summer, the Florida Museum of Natural History invites visitors to transform into caterpillars and journey through one of the planet’s most amazing lifecycles at “Amazing Butterflies” June 13 – Sept. 7.

In “Amazing Butterflies,” visitors experience the challenges of being a caterpillar as it morphs into a beautiful butterfly through a hands-on human maze of larger-than-life leaves, grass and trees. Along the way, they discover the ways caterpillars move, what they eat and how other creatures help them achieve their transformation.

“The timing of ‘Amazing Butterflies’ couldn’t be better, since summer is when our local butterflies are most active and people can watch their magical lifecycle unfold in their own backyards,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon. (more…)

Florida Museum Everglades double feature opens Saturday Opening day activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. feature photographer Clyde Butcher

February 2nd, 2009

Editors note: complete opening day schedule follows

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with special opening day activities.

Renowned photographer Clyde Butcher will share his experiences capturing the subtle beauty of the Everglades during a special presentation from 1 to 2 p.m.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades. (more…)

Fla. Museum Everglades exhibit opens Feb. 7 featuring Clyde Butcher, Jeff Ripple photos and top 10 invasive species

December 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Journey into the Everglades with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest “double feature” exhibit – “ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher & Jeff Ripple” and “Alien Attack: Target Everglades” from Feb. 7 through May 31, 2009.

Produced by the Florida Museum, the exhibit allows visitors to discover the majesty of one of Florida’s most unique natural features and learn about the dangers invasive species bring to the Everglades.

“ForEverglades: Photos by Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple” showcases these accomplished photographers’ work to convey the hidden beauty of the Florida Everglades. Both Butcher and Ripple approached this project as artists, rather than scientists, venturing deep into the swamp in search of perfect locations and light. The photos, accompanied by the photographers’ thoughts, are a celebration of this mysterious land. (more…)

Fla. Museum photo exhibit on Indian medicine traditions opens Thursday

December 9th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Immerse yourself in the tradition of the Florida Creek Indians at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s newest galleria exhibit, “Women’s Medicine: Traditions of the Florida Creek Indians,” Thursday through April 12, 2009.

The exhibit of 24 photographs from Margaret and Michael Bogan focuses on their search for the flowers, leaves and plants of traditional Creek Indian medicine. Visitors also will learn about the relationship between animals and plants in natural medicine.

“We often admire our native flora for its beauty,” said Florida Museum exhibits director Darcie MacMahon. “But this exhibit adds a dimension to our appreciation — the longstanding traditional uses of native plants for medicines.” (more…)

Florida Museum showcases two new prints by Gainesville artist Jim Harrison

October 20th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History has added two new vintage-style prints by local artist Jim Harrison to its popular art exhibit “A Taste of Nature,” on display through Dec. 7.

The prints feature the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Florida Museum, and are part of Harrison’s iconic “Gainesville Fruit Co.” series that presents North Central Florida landmarks.

“I chose to feature the Florida Museum of Natural History because I wanted to create a design emphasizing nature and our community,” Harrison said. “Since the museum embodies the crossroads of nature and community in Gainesville, it was a natural fit for this theme.” (more…)

Fla. Museum explores ‘gross’ science of human body beginning Sept. 27 Opening day activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. feature ‘impolite’ activities for entire family

September 18th, 2008

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — How much snot does the average person swallow each day? Which liquid is cleaner, urine or spit? How fast does air exit the nose during a sneeze? Discover the answer to these and other disgusting questions not allowed at the dinner table during opening day activities for the temporary exhibit “Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body “from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Activities include story time with Nigel Nose-It-All, one of the exhibit’s main characters, led by Diane Colson from the Alachua County Library. Amy Simonne, an associate professor and extension food safety specialist with the University of Florida, will discuss the latest research findings regarding personal hygiene and food safety. Children can make mini-human puppets and fake snot to take home and continue the “Grossology” fun. (more…)

Fla. Museum to host ‘Inside Africa’ exhibit talk with local storyteller Aug. 30

August 21st, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Join the Florida Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Aug. 30 when Gainesville performer Naana Banyiwa-Horne brings African culture to life through narrative and dance.

The performance complements the Florida Museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Inside Africa,” which takes visitors through a journey to selected sites on the world’s second-largest continent and offers a deeper understanding of the vitality, richness and significance of its people from historical and contemporary perspectives.

Horne will focus on Ghanaian culture through storytelling, poetry and dance. This free event will be held in the main gallery of the Florida Museum, though regular admission prices apply to the “Inside Africa” exhibit.

Horne, an assistant English professor at Santa Fe College, is a well-known poet, storyteller and performer in the Gainesville area. A native of Ghana, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cape Coast. Horne came to the United States to pursue graduate studies, and received her master’s degree in English at the University of Florida and a doctorate in African languages and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (more…)

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