Last updated: 7/22/2020
Gainesville, Florida
Street Address
University of Florida
1659 Dickinson Hall--Museum Road & Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611-7800
phone: 352-392-1721
fax: 352-392-8783
e-mail: museuminfo@flmnh.ufl.edu
web: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/
Hours
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free
Staff
Douglas S. Jones, Director
phone: 352-273-1902
Elise LeCompte, Registrar
phone: 352-273-1925
Barbara Hackett, Office Manager
phone: 352-273-1903
Sarah Fazenbaker, Webmaster
phone: 352-273-1913
Pamela Dennis, NH Secretary
phone: 352-273-1941
Donna L. Ruhl, Collections Manager/Archaeobotanist
phone: 352-273-1928
Karen Jo Walker, Assistant Scientist
phone: 352-273-1923
William Marquardt, Curator
phone: 352-273-1917
David Steadman, Curator
phone: 352-273-1968
Shuronna Wilson, Program Assistant
phone: 352-273-1904
Beverly Sensbach, Associate Director
phone: 352-273-1900
Griffin Sheehy, Assistant to the Director
phone: 352-273-1901
Description

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.

Mission

The State's official natural history museum dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage.

History

Formerly named the Florida State Museum, established by the legislature in 1917 as the official state museum of natural history.

Artifact Collections

The Museum's Ethnographic and Archaeological collections contain approximately 20 million artifacts.

Research Collections

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.

Educational Programs

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.

Governance

University

Publications

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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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Wednesday, August 4 - Friday, August 6, 2021 — Virtual
2021 Annual Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Conference
Monday, August 23 - Thursday, August 26, 2021 — Virtual
2021 Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit
Wednesday, September 1 - Thursday, September 30, 2021 — Virtual
CANCELLED: Florida Association of Museums 2021 Annual Conference
Monday, September 20 - Sunday, September 26, 2021 — Virtual
American Craft Council (ACC) Atlanta Southeast Craft Week
Wednesday, September 22 - Saturday, September 25, 2021 — Virtual
American Association for State and Local History/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting
Friday, October 1 - Sunday, October 31, 2021 — Virtual
Arriving this October: The Western Museum Association Roadshow!
Wednesday, October 6 - Friday, October 8, 2021 — Virginia City, Nevada
Nevada Museum Association 2021 Annual Conference
Virginia City, Nevada
Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Washington, District of Columbia
Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
St. Louis, Missouri