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
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.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
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
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 www.mods.org
ABOUT BROWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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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