GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will close its Pearsall Collection of American Indian Art temporary exhibition April 29 to provide additional space for the popular Discovery Room. Previously open only during summer, the improved and expanded Discovery Room will provide ongoing, interactive family activities daily until 4:30 p.m. beginning July 2 through December 2008.

Discovery Room visitors may explore a coral reef, create animals from Florida’s diverse ecosystems in self-guided discovery stations, or complete an arts and craft or coloring project. Scheduled programs include story time, puppets and museum exploration with Dr. Discovery. For more information on the Discovery Room, visit or call (352) 846-2000, ext. 246.

Open since 2003, the “Pearsall Collection of American Indian Art” exhibit features more than 200 of the best objects from the Florida Museum’s Leigh Morgan Pearsall collection. The world-class collection contains more than 3,000 objects, including argillite, horn and ivory carvings, basketry, beadwork, jewelry, peoples, pottery, quillwork, rugs and totems.

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