WHEN: 4 p.m. | Monday, Oct. 10

WHO: Douglas S. Jones, Florida Museum of Natural History Director
Joseph Glover, University of Florida Provost
Charles Lane, University of Florida Chief Operating Officer

WHERE: Florida Museum of Natural History, Powell Hall, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida 32611

WHAT: The Florida Museum of Natural History is expanding with the opening of a state-of-the-art special collections building on the University of Florida campus. The new building will house the museum’s burgeoning “wet” collections, including all fish, amphibians and reptiles, and invertebrate specimens preserved in ethyl or isopropyl alcohol. The building features 23,000 square feet of mobile, compacted high-density shelving systems, research laboratories and office space. A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to commemorate the official opening of the building.

Speakers include:

  • Joseph Glover, UF Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Charles Lane, UF Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jim Vignola, UF Planning, Design and Construction Project Manager
  • Robert Robins, Florida Museum Ichthyology Collection Manager

Media are invited to attend. The ceremony and remarks will begin at 4 p.m. in Powell Hall and the ribbon-cutting will begin around 4:30 p.m. at the Special Collections Building.

DETAILS: To learn more, visit


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Florida Museum Contact: Kaitlin Gardiner
Direct Office: 352-273-2028