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…)

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…)

Florida Museum expands ‘A for Science’ free admission program to entire state

November 1st, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is expanding its popular “A for Science” program statewide.

Elementary, middle and high school students in Florida who receive an ‘A’ or ‘S’ grade in science can present their latest report card for free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest with a paid regular price adult admission. Alachua County students receive their next report cards Nov. 8.

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

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 adds Friday butterfly plant sales; plan now for first gardening contest

July 27th, 2010

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gardening enthusiasts now have an extra day to purchase butterfly-friendly plants during the Florida Museum of Natural History’s weekend sales.

The museum recently expanded its sale to include Fridays due to popular demand and to help gardeners prepare for the first ButterflyFest Gardening Contest.

“The plant sales have been extremely popular,” said Butterfly Rainforest assistant manager Jeff Hansen. “We decided to extend the plant sales an extra day for museum visitors looking to add a little more color to their gardens.” (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…)

Florida Museum hosts 28th Annual Collectors Day 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Jan. 20

January 2nd, 2007

For Immediate Release Jan. 2, 2007

Paul Ramey, APR
Assistant Director, Marketing and Public Relations
Florida Museum of Natural History
(352) 846-2000, ext. 218, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu
Writer: Lauren Williams

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its 28th Annual Collectors Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Jan. 20. This free event is one of the Florida Museum’s most popular public programs.

Visitors may view a wide range of collections ranging from stamps and elephants to sports and war memorabilia, and speak with the more than 60 area collectors expected to attend. For more information on Collectors Day, call (352) 846-2000, ext. 277. A list of collectors available for media contact is available by request.


The Florida Museum of Natural History is Florida’s state natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage. It is located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza in Gainesville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $8.50 for adults ($7.50 Fla. residents) and $4.50 for children ages 3-12. Prices subject to change. For more information, including directions and parking, call (352) 846-2000, or visit, www.flmnh.ufl.edu.

Florida Butterfly Festival photo contest entries due Sept. 15

May 18th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The 2006 Florida Butterfly Festival photography contest rules are now available online. The entry fee is $10 per photo, with cash prizes awarded to the top five winners. Other winning entries and honorable mentions will be included in a 2008 calendar and displayed at the Florida Museum of Natural History during the 2006 festival Oct. 14-15. Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 15. Complete rules and an entry form are available at www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/photo_contest.htm.

The inaugural Florida Butterfly Festival will be held at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza and other area locations, including Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Morningside Nature Center, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo and the Thomas Center. The Florida Museum is planning the festival with several community partners, including the Arts Association of Alachua County, Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.


Fla. Museum’s free family ‘Discovery Room’ opens June 12

May 15th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Looking for something the whole family can do this summer? The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer an interactive “Discovery Room” for guests of all ages from June 12- Aug. 13. The room is free and open every day until 4:30 p.m.

Activities include entertaining crafts, including creating creatures from Florida’s diverse ecosystems, hunts for museum treasures and exploration of a coral reef. Guests also may visit during the following scheduled program times for stories, puppets, museum exploration with Dr. Discovery and more!


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