The Butterfly Rainforest will be closed due to weather Jan 17-18. Behind-the-scenes tours available on Thursday. More Info

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“Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches” – Oct. 3 – Jan. 17, 2010
Visit seven ports of call along the most biologically diverse river in the world, the Amazon. Encounter amazing creatures including notorious piranhas, enormous anacondas, beautiful stingrays and mysterious pink dolphins. Admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents), $5.50 for ages 3-12 and free to museum members and children 2 and under.

“Charles R. Knight: Studies of Lost Worlds” – through Jan. 31, 2010
Seven study paintings by Charles R. Knight, the first and the most renowned “paleo-artist” of all time, are on display in the Hall of Florida Fossils. Knight’s murals depicting ancient life grace the halls of America’s greatest natural history museums. The paintings include many animals that once lived in Florida.

“Butterflies and Moths in Contemporary Zuni Art” – through Jan. 3, 2010
This exhibit highlights the role of butterflies in the belief system and art of contemporary Zuni people, Native Americans who live in the high desert of the American southwest. Many Zuni traditional arts feature butterflies and moths, and this tradition continues today in their fine arts, crafts and tourist art forms. Pieces in the exhibit include jewelry, paintings, small carvings and various selections of pottery.



“Amazon Voyage” Public Opening – Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Take your voyage to a whole new level with a fun-filled day of activities and crafts! With local experts as your guide, investigate the seven perils of the Amazon River and discover the biological diversity of this unique eco-system.

“Overnight at the Museum” – Sept. 12, 7 p.m. – Sept. 13, 9 a.m.
This event is sold out and the museum currently is taking names for a wait list. Call 352-273-2061 or visit for more information.

Do you quilt? Entry submission deadline Oct. 1
The Florida Museum and Quilters of Alachua County Day Guild are accepting entries for the “Quilting Natural Florida II” exhibit scheduled to open Feb. 6, 2010. Entries will be juried to meet the subject content of the museum’s mission, but this will not be a judged show. Visit to download the PDF entry form.

ButterflyFest – Oct. 24-25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and much more! Watch in awe as this year’s Monarchs take flight and begin their journey to Mexico. Join wildlife and Lepidoptera expert Tom Allen as he shares his knowledge on native gardening. Come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire or decorate your own mask and wings for the Pollinator Parade! Interact with local organization and participate in our first Pollinator Photo Contest! Visit for information on tours, workshops, special field trips and registration!

Starry Night – Sept. 25, 5 – 10 p.m.
See the night sky closer than ever before. Join the UF Astronomy Department and the Alachua County Astronomy Club for an inside look at the world beyond! Drive Lego moon rovers, see a portable planetarium show, or view a moonscape in 3-D! Join astronaut, Captain Winston Scott, for an inside look at what it takes to visit space. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled night of astronomical proportions! This event is made possible in part by the UF Astronomy Department, Alachua Astronomy Club, NASA Space Grant consortium, and the GE Foundation.

Trashformations – Nov. 20, 5 – 9 p.m.
Ever wonder how milk jugs can morph into beautiful wading birds, or how gears and gadgets can become gigantic bugs? See middle, high school and college students transform ‘waste’ into recycled art! The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 11th Annual Trashformations show through Dec. 6. Co-sponsored by the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives. Visit or call Jenny, 352-374-5245, ext. 296 for more information.


Classes For Kids (grades K-5)

Day Camp – “Amazon Warriors” – Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Are you tough enough to survive life in the Amazon? Discover flesh-eating fish and deadly dart frogs. Uncover the world’s largest snake and learn how to make your house float. Find out what it takes to make it in the Amazon rainforest. Class is $72 for members, $86 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Students should dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch. Questions? Call 352-273-2061.

Playful Escapes
Holidays got you in a crunch? Finish your shopping, run errands and take care of all the last-minute mayhem while your kids enjoy a day at the museum. Kids will participate in crafts and activities that keep their minds moving during the winter holidays. Students should dress for outdoor activities and bring a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. A half-day session is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. A full-day session is $45 for members, $50 for non-members.

Native America – Nov. 27, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate the past with this Native American-inspired day of exploration!

Birds – Dec. 28, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Break out your binoculars and sneak a peek at the fascinating flight of Florida’s winter birds.

Paleontology – Dec. 29, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Check out ancient mammoths and prehistoric beasts during this day of discovery.

Mad Scientist – Dec. 30, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Experiment with household products and find out what really goes on in the lab!


Museum Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are available for children ages 4-12 and include a party leader, theme-related activities and crafts in a private decorated room, printable invitations, a goodie bag for each child, plates, cups, napkins and utensils, as well as set-up and clean-up.

Available Themes:
Butterflies, Fossil Hunt, Something Fishy (ages 4-12)
Cave Explorations (ages 4-10)

Birthday parties are two hours and may be reserved up to three months in advance. A refundable $50 deposit is required to reserve your day and time. A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of deposit. Birthday Parties cost $213 for members, $250 for non-members for up to 10 children (birthday child is free). Additional children are $15 each, with a maximum of 5. Butterfly Birthday Parties cost an additional $40 for Butterfly Rainforest admission for 10 children and two adults (birthday child is free). Additional children are $19 each, with a maximum of 5. Additional adult Butterfly Rainforest admissions are $7.50 each. For more information, Call 352-273-2061 or visit


Coming soon!

Collectors Day – Jan. 23, 2010
Explore unusual and fascinating finds with some of Florida’s top collectors!

Creativity in the Arts and Sciences Event – Jan. 24, 2010
Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and National Science Foundation Science and art undergraduate students will display and discuss their pieces with the community.

Florida Museum Day Camp (grades K-5) – Jan. 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Do bats really drink blood? How do they fly without feathers? Find out in our wild and crazy tour of bats around the world.

“Quilting Natural Florida II” – Feb. 6 – April 25, 2010
Join museum staff as we celebrate Florida’s diverse landscape and rich cultural heritage through the art and history of quilts. This quilt exhibit will illustrate the natural history of the state of Florida. Quilts will represent and/or illustrate subjects natural to the Florida environment.

Earth Day: 40th Anniversary – April 24, 2010
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Earth Day” with the Florida Museum and the Harn Museum of Art. Earth-inspired entertainment, crafts, games, activities, food, and more!

“CSI: Crime Scene Insects” – May 8, 2010 – Jan. 17, 2011
Investigate the fascinating world of forensic entomology with the world’s smallest detectives!

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Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,