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.
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.
In 2017, the Florida Museum of Natural History marked its 100th anniversary as the state’s official natural history museum. As part of the centennial celebration, the Florida Museum created an extraordinary exhibit exploring the key role museum collections play in telling the story of life on Earth.
Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum celebrated the Museum’s rich history and featured objects that reveal stories about everything from human health to prehistoric life to invasive species. Each Museum collection was asked to contribute its most interesting items and share the stories that make them special.
Though the physical exhibit is closed, the companion website remains online, providing an opportunity to experience the Florida Museum’s most treasured specimens.