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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s that time of year again — football season has finally arrived and so has the University of Florida Cultural Plaza’s Friday Night Sights. Bring family and friends beginning Friday as the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum of Art and Philips Center for the Performing Arts provide additional events to enhance select home football game weekends.

The Florida Museum and Harn Museum will remain open until 7 p.m. on select Friday nights, allowing visitors to explore before attending performances at the Phillips Center next door.

Florida Museum guests may visit the Butterfly Rainforest during all Friday night events, as well as the newest temporary exhibit, “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and other Riches” beginning Oct. 3.

Navigate through the seven ports of call along the Amazon and encounter piranhas, sting rays, anacondas and mysterious pink dolphins. The exhibit includes many hands-on activities, interactive computer displays, live fish and original artifacts. Amazon Voyage admission is $8 for adults ($7 Fla. residents) and $5.50 for children. Butterfly Rainforest admission is $9.50 for adults ($8 Fla. residents) and $5 for children.

The Harn Museum will feature “Highlights from the Photography Collection: Portfolios,” which features the work of Jerry Uelsmann, Elliot Erwitt, Ken Josephson and Mark Klett, opening Sep. 19, and host the 45th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition on Nov. 7, featuring a wide range of media. Admission is free for both exhibits.

The Philips Center will feature performances by artists Carrie Newcomer, Sister Hazel and Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem as well as Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot.”

Friday Night Sights schedule:
Sept. 11 – Both museums open until 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 – Both museums open until 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 – Harn open until 7 p.m.; Florida Museum closed for private event.
Nov. 27 – Both museums open until 7 p.m.

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Writer: Patti Nunez
Media contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054,