Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the Florida Museum’s designation as the state’s official natural history museum. These occasions allow us to reflect on accomplishments, assess the present and think about future directions. We have seen much change over the past century, and this spring has been one of particular challenges and adjustments for all of us. But we have seen change before, and with each challenge new opportunities arise.

The innovation and exploration that are at the heart of our institution were on full display as we pivoted to digital programming and working from home. Our role as science educators and researchers has never been more vital, and we are excited about the possibilities of our expanded digital presence. From interactive activities featuring researchers in the field to the “Best Nightlife in Town” moth-collecting event, virtual programming has allowed us to reach new audiences and host participants from around the world.

While our work has not stopped, the ticket and retail income that supports many of our free education and public programs has been absent since the Museum closed its doors in March. With your support, we can continue to offer engaging and educational programs to learners of all ages around the world and at home in Gainesville. Please consider making a gift today in honor of our anniversary and in support of 103 more years of inspiration and wonder!

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Thank you for always coming through for the Florida Museum! I look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you back soon.

With gratitude,
Dr. Douglas Jones
Director and Professor
Florida Museum of Natural History