Special Temporary Exhibitions
The Museum offers gallery spaces with a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions, providing our visitors with something new to see and experience with each visit!
On the first floor of the Museum, the East Gallery features engaging traveling exhibitions as well as special exhibitions created by our own Museum curators. Past exhibitions have included: Dinosaur Discoveries, National Geographic’s “50 Greatest Photographs,” The Mysteries of the Mayan Medallion, Clyde Butcher’s Cuba, South Florida Museum at 65: A Window to the World, and more!
Now Showing: A New Moon Rises
For countless generations, humans have contemplated the moon hanging so tantalizingly close in the sky. As the only celestial object to give a hint of the features on its surface to the unaided eye, the moon beckoned us. This was not some fiery sun or distant point of light; more than anything else in the sky, the moon seemed like a place within our reach.
Of course, humans did reach the moon and even walked its surface. December marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 8 — the first manned mission to orbit the moon when astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders were the first humans to see its dark side with their very own eyes.
In celebration of this historic mission — and Neil Armstrong’s 1969 moonwalk — the South Florida Museum is hosting the new special exhibition: A New Moon Rises. This new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, which features 49 large-scale and highly detailed photographs and video of the moon, launched its 10-city national tour at the South Florida Museum on Oct. 20 and will be on view until Jan. 13, 2019.
A New Moon Rises highlights the dramatic landscapes captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) between 2009 and 2015. The images provide unique views of the dynamic lunar surface — with its impact craters, recent volcanic activity and a crust fractured by the shrinking of a still-cooling interior. These images are helping to answer questions about the moon’s formation and evolution and are also revealing stunning landforms both alien and familiar.
A New Moon Rises was created by the National Air and Space Museum and Arizona State University and is organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. As a proud Smithsonian Affiliate, the South Florida Museum helps to build bridges between our community and the national heritage preserved and displayed at the Smithsonian. Together, we strive to reach larger audiences with stories that stimulate curiosity and inspire learning.
Be sure to catch the new show, Lunar Landscapes, in the Bishop Planetarium. This flight across the surface of the moon allows you to view some of the best sites showcased in A New Moon Rises. Developed by the South Florida Museum and presented without narration, Lunar Landscapes allows you to experience this remarkable journey as you wish — as astronaut, scientist, dreamer or poet. Showtimes: 2 p.m. Sunday & Tuesday-Friday and 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.
Visiting A New Moon Rises and Lunar Landscapes is included in the regular cost of Museum admission.
On the second floor of the Museum, behind the Riverine and Pine Uplands Galleries, the Rincon Gallery features small exhibits dedicated to adding more to our visitors’ understanding of Florida and the world around us. Past exhibitions have included: A Walk in the Park: Exploring Manatee’s Preserves Photography by Grant Jefferies, On the Rivers of Florida: Lynne Buchanan’s Photographic Meditations, Changing Waters: The Human Impact on Florida’s Aquatic Systems, and more!