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a better nectar

a better nectar

Jessica Rath creates an immersive experience using sculptural forms, light, and sound to explore how bumblebees learn and remember floral symbols to find better nectar. Co-hosted by the Gillespie Museum and the Hand Art Center, a better nectar is a multisensory installation based on the artist’s extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators.

Florida Formations, a new exhibit focusing on Florida geology, opening October 26

Florida Formations, a new exhibit on Florida geology

Florida Formations tells the geologic history of the state through its distinctive rock units, an array of ocean-formed carbonate formations, each with a story to tell us about past Florida environments and past climates.

Storied Stone

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.

Museum Hours

The museum will be closed during 2017-18 academic holidays, including Fall Break (10/2 and 10/3); Thanksgiving Weekend (11/22-11/24); Winter Break (12/16-1/15); and Spring Holidays (3/5-3/9).  Staff may be reached by email ( or phone, 386.822.7330.


Walk-in Visitors

  • No admissions fee. Donations support educational programming.

Educational Programs (Classes K-12, scouts, home school groups, etc.)

  • Students: $2.50
  • Teachers/Chaperones: No charge

Dates at a Glance

Fall 2017

September 23 - Science Saturday, Smithsonian Museum Day
October 17 - Science Cafe, Our Birds Are Your Birds Too: Avian Conservation in Colombia
October 26 - Opening, Florida Formations
October 26 - Science Cafe, Sea Level: Past, Present, and Future Change
October 28 - Science Saturday, Mostly Green Halloween
November 4 - Science Saturday, Founders/Keepers Day and Homecoming Open House
November 16 - Science Cafe, Florida's Surficial Geologic Formations
December 12 - 15 - Rock Your Stocking!  Holiday Shopping at the Gillespie Museum Gift Shop

Spring 2018

January 24 - Science Cafe, Bee Sensoria: Artists' Perspectives; and Gillespie Opening of a better nectar
January 26 - Opening Reception (Gillespie & Hand Art Center), a better nectar
January 27 - Science Saturday, Bee Sensations
February 10 - Science Saturday, Native Pollinator Workshop
February 22 - Science Cafe, Stetson Beekeeping, Five Years/Five Hives
March 24 - Science Saturday, Florida Fossils & Physics Extravaganza!
April 21 - Science Saturday, Earth Day at the Gillespie
April 26 - Science Cafe, to be announced

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