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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will offer its first “Science Movie Night” beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. The free evening will begin with a lecture by the Smithsonian Institution’s David Pawson titled “Life in the Deep Ocean: What Do We Need to Know and How Much Do We Need to Know?” followed by a showing of the G-rated movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” beginning at 7 p.m.

The new science movie night program is being held during Museum Nights, a collaboration between University of Florida Student Government, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in which both museums are open from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

The Florida Museum also will host another science movie night during Museum Nights on Nov. 3 with the showing of “Slugs,” an R-rated horror movie that “Slug Fancy” magazine chose as “the greatest movie of all time.”

Funded by UF Student Government, Museum Nights strives to increase student and community visitation at the UF Cultural Plaza, located near the intersection of Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road. It serves as an entertainment alternative for Thursday nights in Gainesville and provides individuals who are too busy during the day the opportunity to visit the museums in the evening. For more information and a complete schedule, see or call (352) 392-1665, ext. 415.

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