Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon!
La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers In 1513, when Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in this land and named it La Florida, it was ablaze with a rainbow of spring blossoms. This exhibit showcases stunning photography to commemorate 500 years of Florida's unique wildflowers, which continue to play an important part in the state’s natural history and culture. Featured are 15 large-format photographs by Gainesville nature photographer John Moran, who roamed the state to capture the beauty and mystique of Florida's original Garden of Eden.
Apr. 19- Aug. 3, 2014
Panama's Tropical Ecosystems
Aug. 9, 2014- May 31, 2015
Focusing on the diversity of flora and fauna prevalent in a country of rain forests, volcanic beaches, mountains and Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean ocean influences, this exhibit features illustrations of Panama, stereographs showing expeditions through natural areas, butterflies and insects, and orchid and plant information about the Canal region. Indigenous natural artifacts, such as tagua nuts and reed baskets and hats, indicate the use of the natural environment in everyday form, function and culture.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
Oct. 4, 2014- Jan. 4, 2015
The largest shark ever known is returning to Gainesville! Be consumed with awe at Megalodon, the gigantic prehistoric shark that once cruised the world's oceans. Walk through the full-scale jaw of a 60-foot-long shark sculpture to learn the story of this fantastic ancient creature, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution, extinction and new science that continues to reveal Megalodon’s tale. The object-rich exhibit features fossil specimens from several collections and life-size, scale models of other fossil and modern sharks. Tooth-shaped display units include actual Megalodon fossils, and the exhibit is rich in hands-on, family-friendly activities.
First Colony: Our Spanish Origins
Coming in 2016
Long before Jamestown, Spaniards, free and enslaved Africans and Native Americans crafted our country’s first enduring European settlement — St. Augustine, in 1565. Discover the first colony through archaeology, history and the stories of people who lived there in this hands-on, interactive exhibition. These first colonial immigrants created America’s original "melting pot" — a colorful, multicultural society that was new then, but might seem familiar today.
See it now in St. Augustine or visit when the exhibit comes to Gainesville in 2016.