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The Gillespie Museum

The museum will be closed to visitors in May and July. 

June Hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Join us on Thursdays in June, from 1 – 3 p.m., for Thursday Takeaway. Learn something new; take something home.

6/6 - Fun with Fossils
6/13 - Herbarium How-to
6/20 - Crystal Crafts
6/27 - Stories of Stones

Tom Scott's Florida Calcite

Florida Calcite: Rare Specimens of a Common Mineral, February 21 - May 3

This Spring 2019 exhibit features a sample of some of Florida's most striking and rare calcite specimens from the personal collection of Tom Scott, Ph.D., P.G., Assistant State Geologist Emeritus, Florida Geological Survey. The display provides a unique opportunity to view uncommon specimens of our state’s unofficial mineral, calcite. Dr. Scott has collected from quarries, underwater caves, and limestone seams during his four decades as a professional geologist. From cave pearls to crystal-filled fossils, these natural formations offer a rare perspective on the state’s geologic history. On Thursday, February 21, join three of the state’s renowned geologists, including Dr. Scott, for a Science Cafe to celebrate the official exhibit opening. The trio will discuss Florida calcite and the geological processes behind our most common, and most beautiful mineral, as well as their decades of collecting and research.

Fossil Hunters

Dig into Florida Fossils with DeLand's own Fossil Hunters

Explore Florida geology and paleontology with the cast of the Fossil Hunters television series. Coming Spring 2019 for a Science Café on February 7 and a Science Saturday on February 9.

Gillespie Museum 60th Anniversary

Happy Birthday to the Gillespie!

Gillespie Museum 60th Anniversary

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 a guided walk through the museum’s collections tell a few stories about these seven captivating stones.

Museum Hours

Summer 2019

Closed to visitors in May.

June hours

  • Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Closed to visitors in July and early August.

Museum will reopen with regular hours for Stetson University Fall Semester in late August.

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, homeschool groups, etc.)

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

Dates at a Glance

Summer 2019

June 6 - Thursday Takeaway, Fun with Fossils, 1-3 p.m.
June 13 - Thursday Takeaway, Herbarium How-to, 1-3 p.m.
June 20 - Thursday Takeaway, Crystal Crafts, 1-3 p.m.

June 22 - Science Saturday, Florida's Calcite, 10 a.m. - noon

June 27 - Thursday Takeaway, Stories of Stones, 1-3 p.m.

Spring 2019

January 12 - Science Saturday, Florida Calcite, HATS in the House
February 7 - Science Café, A Conversation with the Cast of Florida's Fossil Hunters TV Series
February 9 - Science Saturday, Digging in to Florida’s Fossils with Cast of Fossil Hunters TV Series
February 21 - Florida Calcite/Three Geologists, Exhibit Opening and Science Café Conversation
March 14 - Science Café, Conservation Photography, Dustin Angell, Archbold Research Station
March 30 - Science Saturday, Physics Extravaganza & Fluorescent Minerals
April 13 - Science Saturday, Earth Day at the Gillespie
April 25 - Science Café, Environmental Change in Florida’s Springs and Sinks, Ben Tanner, Environmental Geology, Stetson

Fall 2018

September 22 - Science Saturday, Smithsonian Museum Day
September 27 - Science Café, "Ask the State Geologist," Jonathan Arthur, Florida Geological Survey
October 27 - Science Saturday, Mostly Green Halloween
November 3 - Science Saturday, Founders Day and Homecoming Open House
November 8 - 60th Anniversary Celebration & Opening of new history exhibit, 4-6 p.m.
Weekdays through December 14 - Rock Your Stocking! Holiday Shopping at the Gillespie Museum Shop


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