Behind the Scenes at the Florida Museum
Welcome to our blog space about the exhibits here at the Florida Museum. Whether we’re posting about existing exhibits, or discussing future developments, we hope to invite you behind the scenes into the world of our exhibits.
It takes a lot of research, creativity, and nuts and bolts planning to bring an exhibit to life. And it also takes a lot of work to maintain exhibits. There’s no manual out there, and we all learn from each other within our international museum community.
New Discovery Zone, Coming July 2017
Some exhibits like the Butterfly Rainforest are an ongoing endeavor. Despite the cost and effort involved, it is a powerful teaching tool to inspire visitors to learn more about the flora and fauna of ecosystems.
Other exhibits are just evolving, like our new Discovery Zone, a fun and educational space for kids up to 8 years old.
Opening July 17, 2017, the new Discovery Zone will include an area for infants and toddlers, and opportunities to explore, observe, study, play and pretend for the whole family. A vast array of awe-inspiring objects combined with engaging interactive activities and media resources are sure to foster a sense of wonder about our world.
Fabrication team built many components of our Our Energy Future exhibit. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
Assembling the temporary Titanoboa exhibit took a lot of hands. ©Florida Museum photo by Kate Martin
Fabrications team working on a mastadon for exhibit. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
The over-size underwater segment of our Soth Florida exhibit is a popular photo or selfie scene. ©Florida Museum photo by Eric Zamora
We have many touchable bronze statues in our Fossil Hall, intended for vision impared visitors to explore these creatures in detail. ©Florida Museum photo by Eric Zamora
The discovery drawers in our Library of Life exhibit are still some of the most interactive learning tools. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
Central gallery with sky ceiling piece in place. ©Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage
The caves in our North Florida exhibit were an exhaustive study in techniques to authentically recreate a Florida cave. ©Florida Museum photo by Mary Warrick
Fabrications team crates a Megalodon jaw to be sent to Panama as part of our Panama-PIRE project. ©Florida Museum photo by Jeff Gage
Fabrication team preparing a shark from our Megalodon exhibit. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
Fabrication artists work on part of our Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway exhibit. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
The sandhill cranes were a favorite window treatment in our central gallery for some time. ©Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace