Sept. 19, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
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The world’s largest shark has returned to Gainesville! Prepare to marvel at Megalodon, the gigantic prehistoric shark that once cruised the planet’s oceans. Walk through the full-scale jaws of a 60-foot-long replica of this apex predator, and get a close-up look at fossil specimens and life-size models of other ancient and modern sharks. This touring exhibit has thrilled over 1.5 million visitors in the U.S. and Canada over the past 12 years and now features brand-new graphics and updated scientific research to mark its return home!
- $8 for adults
- $7 for Fla. residents, seniors & non-UF college students
- $5.50 for children ages 3-17
- Free for UF students with valid Gator 1 card, Museum members and children 2 and under
High resolution versions of each image are available for download below.
Walk through a life-size replica of the apex predator itself, complete with fossil specimens and information on its diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors and eventual extinction. ©Photo courtesy of the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater
Four jaw replicas constructed with a mix of real and cast Megalodon teeth showcase the estimated 30 to 60-foot-long sharks. ©Kristen Grace/Florida Museum
Learn about the 400-million-year-old history of sharks with real fossils of bones and teeth. ©Kristen Grace/Florida Museum
Discover the hundreds of shark species that are alive today, along with their varied shapes and sizes. ©Kristen Grace/Florida Museum
Visualize an average dinner for Megalodon, all 2,500 pounds of it, with the help of tuna cans, and learn about the shark’s predatory behavior and habits. ©Kristen Grace/Florida Museum
Megalodon Online Graphic
Discover the legend of Megalodon and how it has intrigued people for thousands of years around the world. ©Kristen Grace/Florida Museum