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Broward Community College and Museum of Discovery and Science partnership allows the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History collection to continue to be enjoyed by the community.

Broward Community College and Museum of Discovery and Science partnership allows the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History collection to continue to be enjoyed by the community.

March 31, 2005, Fort Lauderdale – Broward Community College and the Museum of Discovery and Science are pleased to announce a partnership that will continue the public’s access to the collections from the former Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History. The organizations will work together to catalog the collection and to create exhibitions for the community’s enjoyment and education.

"As a public institution of higher education, we are dedicated to educational and cultural development. We are delighted at the opportunity this collection affords BCC and the Museum of Discovery and Science to continue the legacy of the Graves collection," said BCC President, Dr. Larry Calderon.

Kim Cavendish, MODS President/CEO said "Our strategic partnership with BCC will set the standard for collaboration between academic and cultural institutions for the advancement of our educational missions."

BCC and MODS presented a proposal to the Federal bankruptcy court requesting that the collection be donated to BCC with the Museum of Discovery and Science as a partner to exhibit portions of the collection to the public. On March 28, 2005, a Federal judge ordered that ownership of most of the artifacts from the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History be transferred to Broward Community College. The partners plan to develop exhibits and programs based upon the collections, for display at the museum, at BCC, and possibly at other museums or educational institutions. Florida State University will receive the human remains.

Immediate plans at the museum are to create an exhibit of the dinosaur collection that will open with the new robotic dinosaur traveling exhibit, Prehistoric Park: Return of the Dinosaurs. The exhibit is scheduled to be on display from May 28 through September 11, 2005. The museum will also display the gems and mineral collection in the very near future.


The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: American Express, City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.

The Museum is open seven days per week (365 days a year); Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. General Admission prices are $14 for adults; $13 for seniors; $12 for children 3 to 12. Children under 3 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and one IMAX® film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at


Broward Community College is the first and largest institution of higher education in Broward County,
providing residents with two-year university-transfer degrees and two-year career degrees at six locations throughout the county. Among the 28 publicly supported community colleges in Florida, BCC has the second largest college-level enrollment, serving more than 60,000 students annually. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable
and accessible to a diverse community of learners.

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