Museum exhibit lets the dogs out in ‘Wolf to Woof’ exhibit

Published: January 28th, 2014

Category: Announcements, InsideUF, Top Stories

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Visitors will soon be able to uncover the mysteries of man’s best friend at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s new temporary exhibit, “Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs,” opening Feb. 15.

“Wolf to Woof” is the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibit on the history, biology and evolution of dogs. It shows how dogs have secured a special place in human society as an incredibly diverse and versatile species that serves as hunters, herders, guards and companions.

“The canine/human relationship is something so special and unique in nature,” said Tina Choe, Florida Museum exhibit developer. “As a dog owner, I am thrilled to share this experience with our visitors.”

The exhibit reveals an in-depth history of dogs and their connection with wolves through four themed sections featuring artifacts, multimedia displays, photomurals and dioramas.

Visitors may participate in interactive, hands-on activities like climbing into an avalanche scene to see what it’s like to be saved by a search-and-rescue dog. Visitors may also guess what dogs are saying in a “howling area” and test their nose against a dog’s powerful sense of smell.

The museum will host an opening celebration event for the exhibit on Feb. 22 that will include a dog adoption drive and service dog demonstrations. Admission is $7 for adults ($6 Fla. residents and seniors); $4.50 for ages 3-17 and free to museum members and University of Florida students with a valid Gator 1 card.

The museum will display the exhibit through Sept. 1, 2014.

For more information, visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits.

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