This object-rich and interactive exhibition features American dugouts from ancient times to present.

Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas exhibit logoFind out how dugout canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas, from Florida to the Amazon and the Pacific. Discover the world’s largest archaeological find — 101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake, Florida, and how scientists study dugouts from the past. Learn how the dugout tradition is alive and well in Native communities today.

Now touring – Don’t miss the boat!

For more information contact Tom Kyne, Traveling Exhibits Coordinator, 352-273-2077

3,000-4,000 square feet

Venue Period
12-16 weeks


Rental Fee
Please inquire

One-way inbound, paid by host venue

Adults, families, school groups

All exhibit elements in English and Spanish

Exhibit technician oversees installation and take-down. Promotional and educational material available.

Tom Kyne: 352-273-2077 or

  • Museum Artifacts
    More than 100 unique objects, including an ancient Florida canoe, a contemporary dugout from the Pacific Northwest, canoe paddles and model canoes from across the Americas, fishing equipment, canoe-making tools and more.
  • Hands-On Interactives
    Be an archaeologist at an ancient canoe discovery site. Use a microscope to identify woods. Discover objects from ancient canoe cultures. Touch trade materials and model canoes. Create a rubbing from a sacred Mayan engraving. Design your own paddle. Climb into a real dugout.
  • Media Components
    Four short films showcase the making of a canoe, canoe science, the world’s largest find of ancient dugouts, and the 2009 Native American Canoe Journey.
  • Large-Format Graphics
    Numerous large-format historic engravings, photo backdrops and interpretive panels.

Dugout Canoes in the news

A Vessel of Indian Culture (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 3, 2011)

What Lies Beneath (PDF) (Gainesville Magazine, 2011)

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