The Gillespie Museum has more than 15,000 rock and mineral specimens in its collection, of which only a portion are on permanent display. Stored specimens are revealed through rotating exhibits that change either per semester or annually. The museum also has much to offer beyond rocks and minerals.

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Storied Stone

This small exhibit was inspired by Nicholas Pearson's The Seven Archetypal Stones, which explores some of the lessons--geological, historic, cultural and spiritual--of the mineral world.  Our small display and guided walk through the museum's collections tell a few stories about these seven captivating stones.


Aquatic Gems

This is a small exhibit featuring some perspectives on H2O. Robert Sitler (Professor, Modern Languages) provides a videographic tour of a variety of sites in our watershed; Kirsten Work (Professor, Biology) offers a study of spring snails.

Sunlight Through Trees

Sandhill Symphony: A Natural History of The High Pine

Over 300 images, taken by Stetson University Professor Peter May (Biology), will introduce visitors to the flora and fauna of this vanishing ecosystem. View our online gallery featuring a sample of the September 26, 2015 to May 4, 2016 exhibit.

Continuing Exhibit

A Passion for Collecting: The Legacy of T. B. and Nellie Gillespie

A Passion for Collecting: The Legacy of T. B. and Nellie Gillespie

Come learn about T.B. and Nellie Gillespie's life-long love for mineral collecting and how their hobby led to the eventual creation of the Gillespie Museum. The exhibit includes historical documents and pictures, many minerals from the historic collection, a timeline depicting the museum from birth to present day, and much more!

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