ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Sept. 23, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018
Objects from the Museum’s collections reveal the stories of everything from coral reefs to human health to prehistoric life. 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.
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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.