Upcoming Exhibits

Find out which exhibits will be coming to the Museum soon!  

First Colony: Our Spanish Origins
Opens Oct. 17, 2015, through April 17, 2016

First Colony exhibit logo - smallLong 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 October.


Wicked Plants: The Exhibit
Opens May 14, 2016, through Jan. 15, 2017

Wicked Plants Exhibit- LogoStep into a realm where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous or just plain nasty, experience some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals – without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other danger. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactives, this eerie environment educates and entertains audiences with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

Funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.