Our firsthand experience in Southwest Florida allowed us to create a permanent exhibit on south Florida’s people and their environments, past and present.

The 6,050-square-foot exhibit, South Florida People & Environments, opened to the public on October 5, 2002.

Mangrove Boardwalk in South Florida exhibit
Stroll through a full-scale mangrove forest and mud flat full of plants, animals, light and sound to explore the nature of these rich coastal ecosystems.

The main message of the exhibit is one of appreciation for South Florida’s diverse heritage and rich environment, as well as awareness of the problems that face us in the future. Given Florida’s dramatic growth in population and the increasing threats to its cultural resources and natural habitats — especially those of the coast and interior wetlands — the need for acquainting Florida’s residents and visitors with Florida’s heritage and environment has never been more timely. A large measure of the knowledge presented in this permanent exhibit was generated by the Museum’s long-term interdisciplinary project in Southwest Florida.

Special Exhibitions