About the Museum
The Gillespie Museum is a rock and mineral museum offering students of all ages and the community many educational opportunities pertaining to earth and environmental science. The geologic collection of over 15,000 minerals, rocks and fossils is one of the oldest and largest in the southeastern U.S. and is exhibited throughout the building in various cabinets as well as hands-on, interactive displays.
Exhibits and displays include:
- Native Florida ecosystems and plant landscapes
- The Underground World of minerals, mining and fluorescent rocks
- Gemstones and birthstones
The museum is sited in a Florida native plant landscape. The adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center provides opportunities for community gardening, environmental programming and a Sandhill Teaching Landscape restoration project.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am visiting the area with my family and would like to visit the museum. Do I need an appointment to visit?
If you are visiting during the normal school semester (January through April and August through December), you do not need an appointment. The museum staff are available September through May, Tuesdays through Fridays, during normal operating hours and would be glad to assist you. There are a number of school groups that visit during this time as well, so don't be surprised to see 30 to 60 students participating in the museum's educational programs!
I have a group of seniors who would like to tour the facility (10 or more). Do we have to call to let you know when we are coming?
Yes. Due to the high demand for tours and the schedule of our student staff, it would be best to call and set up an appointment so that we can add your group to our calendar and ensure a staff member will be here to give you a tour.
My child has a rock collection and needs assistance identifying them. Can we bring them to the museum?
We do assist with the identification of rocks and minerals. For children, it would be best to bring them during one of our Science Saturdays. Others needing assistance will be asked to complete a description form and leave the specimens with us for five to seven working days. We can identify up to five specimens at a time for a small fee of $5.00.