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The Florida Museum’s 41st celebration of collections and collectors shows that collecting isn’t only for scientists! This free, popular event has attracted collectors from across the region for more than 40 years.

Visitors can chat with collectors of all ages to learn the history of their treasures — from cowboy and Pokémon memorabilia to classic cars and stereoviews.

Food Vendor: Mayflower Cellars

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Please note that while the Collectors Day event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

Why do we celebrate collectors at a natural history museum?

Collecting pens or spatulas isn’t much different than collecting fossils or plant specimens. Having a collection allows your scientific mind to analyze a lot of very similar objects, and you begin to see even subtle similarities and differences.

Training your scientific mind to collect, analyze, catalog and preserve is at the root of where many of our own scientists began: looking closely and asking questions. And we think that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate!

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Name: Catherine Carey, Florida Museum

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: ccarey@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

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