On display Sept. 23, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018, Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum celebrated the Museum’s rich history and featured objects that reveal stories about everything from human health to prehistoric life to invasive species. Each Museum collection was asked to contribute its most interesting items and share the stories that make them special.

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Though the physical exhibit is closed, this companion website remains online, providing an opportunity to experience the Florida Museum’s most treasured specimens.

Discover ways science has changed over time, and how the Florida Museum remains committed to addressing future critical world issues, including biodiversity, climate change, invasive species and more.

100th Anniversary as the State Museum

In 1917, state legislation created the Florida State Museum (now Florida Museum of Natural History). But our roots go back to 1891, when a professor at Florida Agricultural College, Lake City, purchased minerals, fossils and human anatomy models for teaching. The growing collection moved to Gainesville in 1906 when the University of Florida was founded.

With more than 40 million objects, the Museum maintains the largest natural history collections in the South, and ranks among the top five nationwide.

Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum was created by the Florida Museum of Natural History and made possible with financial support from Jon and Beverly Thompson and the 1923 Fund.