A Message from the Director

Doug Jones portrait

Douglas S. Jones

Welcome to Florida's official state natural history museum and one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing natural history museums.

As you'll see by visiting our website, the Florida Museum is primarily located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville with research sites throughout the world. But the Museum is more than facilities and a repository for millions of specimens and artifacts. Our faculty, staff, part-time employees and volunteers are passionately committed to learning and communicating to others the fascination we share for our natural and cultural worlds.

Museum researchers investigate bird extinctions on Pacific islands, excavate shell mounds on the Southwest Florida coast, document shark attacks worldwidemonitor endangered and threatened species such as the Florida panther and the manatee, and explore the genetic codes relating families of tropical orchids. Their findings are shared through scholarly publications, university coursespublic lecturesmuseum exhibits and K-12 education programs.

Our geographic emphasis focuses on Florida, the Caribbean Basin and Latin America. However, since its beginning in 1891 the Florida Museum has evolved into a world-class institution committed to inspiring people to value the biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse world and make a positive difference in its future. I invite you to share in this exciting mission by visiting the Museum and becoming a member of our Florida Museum Associates.

Enjoy the rest of your virtual visit!