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The museum offers approximately 30 permanent exhibits and also hosts several temporary exhibits. The main exhibits around the property are Natural Florida, Old Florida, Big Bend farm, and Jim Garny’s 20th Century Dinosaurs. The main museum building houses over 5,000 artifacts.
The Natural Florida exhibit is a half-mile nature walk. The
trail meanders through forests of live oaks, long leaf pines, and cypress.
Various forms of flora and fauna can be observed that are native to the
region. This exhibit also contains the
McGowan Butterfly Garden.
Wildlife Florida is a zoo that houses many native regional
species. Animals exhibited include black bears, white-tailed deer, various
small mammals, reptiles and birds. In addition, visitors can observe endangered
species such as red wolves and Florida panthers. Live shows that feature these
animals are held twice a day.
Old Florida consists of a collection of historic buildings
that visitors can explore.
· Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1851 by freed blacks. This was the first African American church organized in the state.
· The Concord School House was an African American school built in 1897.
· The Seaboard Airline Caboose is a representation of a early 20th century railroad car.
· The Bellevue Plantation, once owned by Catherine and Achille Murat, features the main planation house, kitchen, and slave cabin. Visitors learn about the different roles that slaves played on the plantation and get a glimpse into their daily lives.
The Big Bend Farm is representative of rural buildings that were common in the region during the 1880s. The exhibit features farm houses, a gristmill, and a turpentine commissary, as well as live stock.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
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