Events and News

Events and News

The Gillespie has events year-round.  Monthly Science Cafés feature presentations on a range of science and environmental topics, and monthly Science Saturdays offer hands-on educational fun for scientists of all ages.

Check out our upcoming events at the museum!

Spring 2023

Minerals in the Artist's Palette

January 10 - May 3

New Fall 2022 Exhibit! Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Minerals in the Artist's Palette - Come check out our latest exhibit investigating the use of natural mineral pigments in art across the ages and around the globe.  On display through May 3, 2023 in the museum, with cultural credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

coastal storm damage H Nicole 2022

January 26 - Science Cafe

Developed Shorelines and Climate Change with Dr. Robert S. Young, Director, Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, Western Carolina University; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

we LOVE rocks & minerals

February 11 - Science Saturday

We Love Rocks & Minerals! 10 a.m. - noon; the Gillespie Museum's Valentine's Day celebration!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  RSVP Today:  https://conta.cc/3Y2Ompz 

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

pigmy rattlesnake

February 23 - Science Cafe

Snakes 101 with Dr. Jason Ortega, Stetson University, Biology; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.  RSVP Today:  https://conta.cc/3WQPL1A 

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

STEAM festival

March 18 - Science Saturday

STEAM Festival! 10 a.m. - noon; Join us in celebrating everything Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics, woohoo!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

burrowing owl-Harbor Island by Chris Marsh

March 30 - Science Cafe

Bird Populations and People, an Historical Perspective with Dr. Chris Marsh, Director Emeritus, Spring Island Trust; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

Earth day 2023

April 15 - Science Saturday

Earth Day at the Gillespie! 10 a.m. - noon; Our annual celebration of the planet & its wonders!  Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Science Saturdays feature special museum exhibits and family-friendly activities.

Rob Mattson

April 20 - Science Cafe

Historical Uses of Florida's Springs with Robert Mattson, retired Senior Environmental Scientist, St. Johns River Water Management District; 6 p.m. in the RELC adjacent to the museum, 5:30 for snacks/social.

Cultural Credit available for Stetson undergraduates.

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Fall 2022

Smithsonian Day 2022

September 17 - Science Saturday

Smithsonian Museum Day - Our Place in Space; 10 a.m. - noon

The Gillespie Museum is participating in the annual celebration of boundless curiosity with museums and cultural institutions across the country, sponsored by Smithsonian Museum Magazine. From 10 a.m. – noon, young scientists, and their grown-ups, are invited to see the Gillespie’s small collection of meteorites—the fragments of rocks and minerals that teach us about early conditions and processes in the solar system’s history. Join us for some hands-on Earth/space science activities as part of the Smithsonian’s annual museum day!

You can find information about other area museums participating in Smithsonian Museum Day at Smithsonian Magazine.

Kristen Mattson

Kristen Marshall Mattson, Gillespie Museum director

Rescheduled to October 13 - Science Café

"The Birds and the Bees: Creating Backyard Habitat" with Kristen Marshall Mattson, Gillespie Museum director; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the RELC, adjacent to the museum

Join new Gillespie Museum director Kristen Marshall Mattson in our first Science Café of the season to find out how to create backyard habitat, no matter where you live. Who doesn’t love a backyard full of singing birds, fluttering butterflies, and colorful flowers? Learn how best to attract and support wildlife in your own backyard using native plants. Whether you already have extensive gardens and a long “life list”, or are just getting started, you’ll learn practical and science-based tips to make your yard more nature-friendly.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot, as seating is limited!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Mostly Green Halloween

October 29 - Science Saturday

Mostly Green Halloween; 10 a.m. - noon

Our 13th Annual Fall Fair!

Join us for activities and experiments, exploring the wonders and mysteries of the natural world. The public is invited to participate in this free, family-friendly Halloween-themed event.  We welcome scientists of all ages (children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult), and costumes are encouraged!  

Gillespie Museum founders

November 12 - Science Saturday

Founder's Day Celebration & Exhibit Opening! 10 a.m. - noon

It’s the Gillespie Museum’s 64th birthday! Join us for some special activities and for the Grand Opening our new exhibit Minerals in the Artist's Palette, which explores the use of natural mineral pigments in art across the ages and around the globe (open through May 3, 2023 in the museum with cultural credit available for Stetson undergraduates).

Stephen Kintner

Rescheduled to November 17 - Science Café

"Conservation in Action: The History of Lyonia Preserve" with Stephen Kintner; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the RELC, adjacent to the museum

Lyonia Preserve is a 360-acre tract of land that protects critical Florida scrub habitat. It is home to several threatened and endemic species such as gopher tortoises and scrub jays. Mr. Stephen Kintner, retired director of Volusia County Environmental Management and active conservationist, will discuss the history of the land that is now home to Lyonia Preserve, how it came to be protected, and the important role it plays in the conservation of Florida’s ecological heritage.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot, as seating is limited!  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Cultural Credit for Stetson Undergraduates

Minerals in the Artist's Palette

Through December 9

New Exhibit! Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Minerals in the Artist's Palette - Opened November 12!  Come check out our latest exhibit investigating the use of natural mineral pigments in art across the ages and around the globe.  On display through May 3, 2023 in the museum, with cultural credit available for Stetson undergraduates.