South Florida Museum First Floor
South Florida Museum Permanent Exhibits
The first floor features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest marine and mammal inhabitants and archaeological material representing paleoindian, archaic and pre-contact cultures. You will find the Great Hall, Land of Change, Fabulous Florida Seas, Archaic Peoples and the Tallant Gallery brimming with information and objects that reflect the prehistory of Gulf Coast Florida.
Temporary Exhibits (East Gallery)
For 63 million years, South America was an island. Its isolation gave rise to many animals found nowhere else in the world. When the Isthmus of Panama connected the Americas 3 million years ago, some animals were able to expand their range northward. Finding Florida explores how manatees, terror birds, giant sloths and armadillos migrated to Florida, and the challenges they faced along the way. The exhibition invites visitors to imagine traveling as one of these animals, discovering what it takes to find Florida.
The dramatic architecture of the Courtyard revisits the elegance of another time: picturesque columns and arches, ornate wrought-iron gates, chandeliers and lamp posts, and a beautiful fountain. Adjacent to the open-air plaza, the covered colonnade offers a panoramic underwater view of our manatee(s)-in-residence.