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The Gillespie Museum

Out of caution, the Gillespie Museum will continue to be closed to visitors through the summer, and has canceled all upcoming events.

See our new Educational Resources Page for a wonderful collection of downloadable materials for engaging, at-home and outdoors learning.

The Gillespie Museum features one of the premier historic mineral collections in the southeast, and seasonally changing exhibits on an array of earth science and natural history topics.  With native ecology interpretive and research areas and other multiuse eco-areas across its grounds, and a dedication to inspired environmental programming, the Gillespie has become a center for science education on campus, in the local community, and beyond.

Find out about museum hours, contact information, membership, school programs and more.

Gillespie Museum Events and NewsView all ongoing museum Events and News, or individual Science Café and Science Saturday schedules. 

Please check upcoming events for cancelations; programming will be updated as campus health guidelines evolve.

Dates at a Glance

Fall 2019

  • November 14 - Rescheduled - Science Café - Florida Stewards, Gallery Talk with photographer Dustin Angell, 6-8 p.m.
  • November 15 - Rescheduled - Stetson Stewards Photo Booth with Dustin Angell, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Early December - Rock Your Stocking! Holiday Shopping at the Gillespie Museum Shop

Spring 2020

  • January 16 - Science Café - Florida Stewards, Opening and Gallery Talk with photographer Dustin Angell, RELC Environmental Gallery, 6-8 p.m., exhibit runs through March 13
  • February 5 - Science Café - The Ecology of Port Royal Sound, Kristen Mattson, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • February 8 - Science Saturday - We Love Rocks and Minerals, 10 a.m.-noon
  • February 27 - Science Café - Florida's Own Gems: Agatized Fossil Corals, Sam Upchurch and Gary Maddox, 7-8:30 p.m., Agatized Coral exhibit runs through May 1
  • March 19 - Canceled - Science Café - Facing Down Disaster: Selected Tales of Resilience Planning from the Southeastern Coastal Zone, Jason Evans, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • March 20 - Canceled - Opening of Agatized Coral Magic Florida Ball: A Collectively Found Exhibition, RELC Environmental Gallery, 5-7 p.m., exhibit runs through April 18
  • March 21 - Canceled - Science Saturday - Physics Extravaganza, 10 a.m.-noon
  • April 18 - Canceled - Science Saturday - Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-noon
  • April 20 - Canceled - Volunteer Workday in the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, 1:30-3 p.m.
  • April 24 - Canceled - Watercolor Workshop & Arbor Day Celebration, 2-4 p.m.

Gillespie Museum ExhibitsView all current Museum Exhibits, as well as an archive of selected past installations.

(For a complete listing of the museum's online educational resources, including selected exhibit materials, see our Educational Resources Page, or download this comprehensive Overview of Gillespie Museum Online Resources.)

Florida Stewards

Florida Stewards was the inaugural exhibit in our new Environmental Gallery in the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC), next door to the museum.  Check out the highlights, including an online gallery of our own Stetson Stewards!

Agatized Coral

Our Fall 2019 through Spring 2020 exhibit Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils featured a rare look at Florida's state stone.

 Florida Formations exhibit poster

Florida Formations - 500 million years of Florida geology - is a tale of the state's past environments and climates as told through its distinctive rock units and associated fossils.

Storied Stone exhibit poster

Storied Stone explores some of the lessons—geological, historic, cultural and spiritual—of the mineral world. 

Gillespie Museum GroundsSee what's happening Outdoors at the Gillespie Museum.

The Grounds of the Gillespie Museum and the adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) provide natural space for outdoor education and place-based research, constituting an integral part of the continuing environmental programming and initiatives of the museum and of the larger Stetson community.

The acreage surrounding the Gillespie features the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem restoration project, as well as our Native Florida Plant Landscape.  It also provides greenhouse and garden space for Stetson's Hatter Harvest, a sweet home for Stetson Beekeeping, and seasonal replenishment for our Seed Library.

Museum Hours

  • Out of caution, the museum will continue to be closed through the summer.
  • Plans for Fall 2020 operations are still to be determined.
  • Staff may be reached by email (gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu).

Admissions

Walk-in Visitors

  • No admissions fee. Donations support educational programming.

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

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

Membership

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