GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host its 26th annual Collectors Day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Jan. 22. The event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will encounter a wide range of collections at this family oriented event, including unicorns, classic cars and World War II memorabilia. Collectors also will answer visitors’ questions.

Lectures throughout the day in the Lucille T. Maloney classroom will educate visitors on why the museum collects, how to preserve collections and how collections and conservation work together. McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Director Tom Emmel will present “Collecting Butterflies with Net and Camera” at 11 a.m.; Gordon Hubbell, president of Jaws International, will present “From Hobby to Obsession” at 1 p.m. and Florida Museum Registrar Elise LeCompte will discuss “Preserving Your Treasured Collection” at 3 p.m.

Children’s activities include a scrapbook table led by Florida museum staff.

For more information on Collectors Day call (352) 846-2000, ext. 246. A list of collectors available for media contact is available by request.

Writer: Kristin Ede
Media Contact: Paul Ramey,