Fla. Museum to host adult quilting workshops, demos June 9-Aug. 31

May 15th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host adult quilting workshops and demonstrations beginning June 9 through Aug. 31. The workshops coincide with the museum’s summer exhibition, “Quilting Natural Florida,” which runs June 10 – Sept. 4 in collaboration with the Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild.

Friday, June 9, Michigan State University Assistant Curator Mary Worrall will lead a quilt documentation workshop from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $50 for museum members and $65 for non-members. Participants may bring a quilt for documentation or use one of the samples provided. Worrall also will share documentation techniques during the public opening of the Quilting Natural Florida exhibition June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Fla. Museum presents "Jerry Cutler: The Everglades Series" exhibit

April 18th, 2006

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Jerry Cutler: The Everglades Series” is now on display at the Florida Museum. This Galleria exhibition on display through Aug. 6 features 12 Everglades landscapes by University of Florida Professor of Art and Art History Jerry Cutler.

Cutler developed more than 100 sketches and study paintings during a 2004 appointment as Artist in Residence at Everglades National Park and has since completed 10 large-scale oil paintings. This is the first exhibition of the series.

Media contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks

Fla. Museum April 9 lecture explores fossil teeth research on ancient ecology

April 4th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida/Florida Museum of Natural History Ph.D. student Larisa Grawe DeSantis will describe research to reconstruct ancient environments from tapir teeth from 2-3 p.m. April 9 as part of the Florida Museum’s Science Sunday lecture series.

The presentation, “Reconstructing Past Environments: Utilizing Fossil Teeth to Infer Ancient Ecology,” will discuss how fossils from the eastern United States are being used to recreate the density of forests and grasslands during the Neogene period, and why tapirs are particularly helpful in revealing secrets of the past.


Fla. Museum presents ‘The Relic’ at science movie night March 30

March 10th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the truth behind the mysterious creature that roams the Chicago Museum with Florida Museum of Natural History Molecular Lab Curator Pam Soltis as she dissects myth from reality in “The Relic” beginning at 8 p.m. March 30. Following the discussion, Florida Museum visitors are invited to view the R-rated horror film “The Relic.”

The new science movie night program is being held during Museum Nights, a collaboration among University of Florida Student Government, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in which both museums are open from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday evenings.


Glow: Living Lights exhibit to shine at Fla. Museum Jan. 28

December 20th, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Vomiting shrimp, vampire squid and cookie cutter sharks don’t sound too friendly, but they are glowing to help us. The study of these natural light-producing creatures can help discover cancer cures, detect toxic bacteria and expose deadly anthrax spores.

The Florida Museum of Natural History will explore the chemical process behind the phenomenon of natural light and its value for humans when it hosts the traveling exhibition “Glow: Living Lights” Jan. 28 – May 29, 2006. “Glow” is the first museum exhibition to explore the scientific marvel of bioluminescence — the ability of an organism to produce its own light.

“‘Glow’ is a sleek, innovative exhibit that takes museum visitors on an interactive journey into the lives of creatures that glow in the dark,” said Susan Duvenhage, Florida Museum associate director for exhibits and public programs. “On land and in the sea, there are some fascinating animals that not only put on an incredible light show, but have also proven to be key elements of scientific research in a variety of areas.”


Fla. Museum, astronomy club offer Mars viewing Nov. 12

October 27th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History and the Alachua Astronomy Club will offer “Magnificent Mars” from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 12, featuring presentations and telescope viewings of Mars and other celestial bodies. Fall nights in 2005 are expected to give the best views of Mars for U.S. observers in the last 50 years.

There is no admission charge for this event. For more information, visit http://www.floridastars.org/marsopp.2005.html.

Media Contact: Paul Ramey,  (352) 846-2000,  pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Emily Banks


Fla. Museum offers summer Discovery Room for guests of all ages

June 8th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer a Discovery Room for guests of all ages from June 13 – Aug. 21. The room is free and open to the public during museum hours.

The interactive Discovery Room will house entertaining crafts, a nature area where guests can learn about different wildlife species, a puppet theater, games and educational books. The room will be themed “Naturalist Nook” in June, “Critter Crazy” in July and “Aqua Adventures” in August.

The Discovery Room also will host a program titled “Wednesday Wigglers” from 3 – 4 p.m. on June 22, July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10. “Wednesday Wigglers” will educate children ages 2-5 about natural history through stories and other age-appropriate activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult and guests should come early to park their stroller and meet new friends.


Fla. Museum offers behind-the-scenes look at exhibits, collections

May 24th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering two summer public programs, “Exhibit Exploration” and “Behind the Scenes,” to give visitors a more in-depth look at the museum’s inner workings, collections and exhibits. Both programs are free and open to the public.

“Exhibit Exploration” will be held from 1 – 2 p.m. on June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9. Visitors will tour some of the Florida Museum’s permanent exhibits, speak with staff and learn some of the fascinating stories behind the development, fabrication and interpretation of the museum’s galleries.

“Behind the Scenes” will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on June 16, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Visitors will interact with Florida Museum research and exhibit staff members while viewing collections normally not on display. Guests also will learn about development and fabrication of the museum’s permanent exhibits.


Fla. Museum hosts 26th Annual Collectors Day public program Jan. 22

January 7th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its 26th annual Collectors Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will encounter a wide range of collections at this family oriented event, including unicorns, classic cars and World War II memorabilia. Collectors also will answer visitors’ questions.


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