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100th Anniversary Logo, BlackIn 1917, state legislation creating the Florida State Museum was signed into law. In the past century, the Museum has flourished, both as an educational resource to curious minds, and as a research center for local ecology and global biodiversity. We’ve been known as the Florida Museum of Natural History since 1988. As we turn our focus to the next century of science and exploration, come celebrate the Museum’s achievements over the past 100 years!

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Join University of Florida President Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and Florida Museum of Natural History Director Dr. Douglas S. Jones

Previous benefitThe Florida Museum of Natural History’s 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration will be a black-tie evening that immerses guests in an artistic interpretation of nature’s varied landscapes. Combining the beauty of natural elements with clean and modern sculptural work, guests will take on a new perspective of the beauty that surrounds us. From live entertainment, cocktails and upscale food, to a setting that comes alive with sights, sounds and colors, everyone is sure to leave inspired with a vision of the possibilities nature holds.

All proceeds from ticket sales and gala sponsorships will be contributed to the Museum’s special 100th anniversary endowment, which will support engaging exhibitions and inspiring, innovative educational public programs.


The gala will be held at Powell Hall, in the galleries, exhibit spaces, and natural area adjacent to the museum.


Saturday, April 22, 2017
6-11 p.m.

Gala highlights

  • Black-tie optional
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Gala produced by Keith Watson Events
  • Cuisine provided by Embers Wood Grill
  • Cocktails (6 p.m.)
  • Dinner (7:30 p.m.)
  • Dessert & dancing (9 p.m.)

 Purchase tickets – SOLD OUT!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Many thanks to our 100th Anniversary Gala sponsors for contributing towards the Florida Museum’s $1 million Anniversary Endowment goal for 2017.

Honorary Chairs

  • Kent and Linda Fuchs
  • William and Nadine McGuire
  • Robert O. and Ann Powell
  • Jon and Beverly Thompson


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  • Charles Perry Partners, Inc.
  • Nancy V. Perry
  • Jon and Beverly Thompson


  • Anne and John Shermyen


  • Mary Cade
  • Ginny and Joe Cauthen
  • Charles and Elizabeth Covell
  • Libby and Leonard Furlow
  • B.J. and Clark Hodge
  • Leslie and Paul Klein
  • Ken and Linda McGurn
  • Victor Yellen and Arlene Huszar


  • Mary Ann Cofrin
  • Cool Bones
  • Cox Communications
  • Beth Davis and Doug Smith
  • The Francis and Miranda Childress Foundation
  • Peggy and Dink Henderson
  • Doug and Sheila Jones
  • Bronia and Ralph Lowenstein
  • Bruce and Jeannette MacFadden
  • Susan Milbrath and Mark Brenner
  • Larry Page
  • Beverly and Jon Sensbach
  • Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ
  • Audrae and Craig Tisher
  • Wanda and Steve Tuttle
  • Joe and Eve Wilder



Name: Florida Museum, Special Events

Phone: 352-846-2000

Email: specialevents@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

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