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Exhibitions: First Floor

Exhibitions: First Floor

First Floor Galleries

Permanent Exhibitions

The first floor features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest animal inhabitants and archaeological material representing Paleo-Indian, 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.

Discover the underwater viewing window, where you can see the manatees we are caring for in our rehabilitation facility.