Last updated: 7/22/2020
University of Florida
1659 Dickinson Hall--Museum Road & Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
P.O. Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
|Monday - Friday||8 AM - 5 PM|
Douglas S. Jones, Director
Elise LeCompte, Registrar
Barbara Hackett, Office Manager
Sarah Fazenbaker, Webmaster
Pamela Dennis, NH Secretary
Donna L. Ruhl, Collections Manager/Archaeobotanist
Karen Jo Walker, Assistant Scientist
William Marquardt, Curator
David Steadman, Curator
Shuronna Wilson, Program Assistant
Beverly Sensbach, Associate Director
Griffin Sheehy, Assistant to the Director
The Florida Museum is Florida's state museum of natural history. The museum's two main facilities are located in Gainesville, FL on the University of Florida campus.
Powell Hall, the education and exhibition center, is home to the permanent and traveling exhibit programs, adult and children's classes, group tours and special events. Visitors can enjoy hundreds of butterflies, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-sized limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last Ice Age. More than 200,000 people visited the museum in 2008.
Dickinson Hall houses the majority of the Museum's research activities and vast collections containing more than 40 million specimens and artifacts.
The State's official natural history museum dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage.
Formerly named the Florida State Museum, established by the legislature in 1917 as the official state museum of natural history.
The Museum's Ethnographic and Archaeological collections contain approximately 20 million artifacts.
Anthropology: 8.8 million. It is the world's largest collection of Spanish Colonial artifacts and prehistoric Florida artifacts. Plants: 470,000. This collection leads the state in plant identification. Mollusks: 3 million. This is the eigth-largest U.S. collection. Butterflies and Moths: 1 million. This is the world's third-largest collection. Fish: 2.3 million. This is the fourth-largest U.S. collection. Reptiles and Amphibians: 190,000. This is the eigth-largest U.S. collection. Birds: 73,000. This is the world's third-largest sound recording collection and the fifth-largest skeleton collection. Mammals: 34,000. This is the world's second-largest marine mammal collection. Plant Fossils: 250,000. This collection leads the international research of flowering plant origins. Invertebrate Fossils: 3.75 million. This is the world's largest Florida collection and the fifth-largest North American Cenozoic collection. Vertebrate Fossils: 700,000. This is the fifth-largest U.S. collection. Total specimens and artifacts combined: 40+ million.
Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories, operated out of the museum, educates more than 850 children through science and literature-based activities in Head Start classrooms. About 4,500 students participated in docent-led tours during 2002-2003. Science and Engineering Experiences for Knowledge educated 60 students through an after-school program, and received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Other educational activities include an Animal Fair, Sensational Science, Buchholtz BioTrek afternoons and Science Sunday lectures.
Annual Reports, published annually. Natural History Magazine inserts, published monthly for members only. Contact the museum front desk to receive a copy.
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