Did you know we hand-made each of the leaves on our mangrove trees? Spoiler: that’s a LOT of leaves and we got a LOT of help making them!
Why did we choose to enlarge the underwater experience for a view of what lives under a mangrove forest? How do we know about the Calusa, one of Florida’s early peoples? Who is the woman in the Seminole patchwork exhibit?
Journey through a South Florida estuary and learn how this rich ecosystem has supported people for thousands of years, including the powerful Calusa who once controlled all of South Florida. Discover some of the behind-the-scenes stories and techniques used in making an immersive exhibit filled with rare and interesting objects from the Museum’s South Florida archaeology collections.
This mannequin in the South Florida exhibits shows a Calusa boy carrying a shark. Florida Museum photo by Eric Zamora.
Miniature diorama in the South Florida exhibit shows the Calusa people fishing along the river shore with nets and dugout canoes. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace.
This display of Calusa people is a popular stop on the South Florida exhibit exploration and blends an outdoor environment with a representation of a Calusa thatched hut. Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace.
Jeff Huber works on the miniature of a Mesoreodon floridensis for the South Florida exhibit. Florida Museum photo by Tammy L. Johnson.
The mangrove scene feels like a natural environment, complete with thousands of hand-made mangrove leaves! Florida Museum photo by Mary Warrick.