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Exhibition Details

Exhibition Name:

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived


After 6 years of touring and over 1 million visitors, Florida Museum's Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived exhibit continues to attract large audiences and increase attendance numbers for host institutions.

This popular exhibit highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks, and uses Megalodon as an ambassador for shark conservation today.

Related to the modern great white and mako sharks, the 60-foot-long Megalodon lived worldwide until it became extinct 2 million years ago. This exhibit conveys current research findings of University of Florida paleontologists and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections. This exhibit will focus on fossil sharks like Megalodon as ambassadors for basic science concepts as well as the process of science and shark conservation.

Its centerpiece is a walk-through model of a 60-foot-long Megalodon. Visitors enter the exhibit through the shark's jaws and begin to explore a variety of topics about this fantastic ancient creature - its size, structure, diet, lifespan, neighbors, evolution, extinction and the science that continues to reveal Megalodon's story. Tooth-shaped island units support interpretive materials, which include graphics, hands-on components, and family-friendly interactives. The exhibit is object-rich, and includes numerous fossil specimens, and life-size and scale models of other fossil and modern sharks.

Category: Natural History
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Call for details
Size: 5,000 square feet
Venue Length: 12-16 weeks
Availability: Fall 2017 and beyond
Special Requirements: Ceiling height of 13 feet; climate control; Moderate security.
Previous Venues: Florida Museum of Natural History
Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Miami Science Museum
Virginia Living Museum
North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Exploration Place
The Wildlife Experience
Adventure Aquarium
Virginia Aquarium
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Don Harrington Discovery Center, Amarillo, TX
Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL
Museum of Science and Industry, Jacksonville, FL
Mid-America Air Museum, Liberal, KS
Organization: Florida Museum of Natural History
Contact: Tom Kyne
Address: PO Box 112710, University of Florida,, Gainesville, 32611-2710 USA
Phone: (352) 273-2077
Fax: 352.846.0253
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