The L. Gale Lemerand Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The L. Gale Lemerand Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
Open September 18, 2021 through November 7, 20212
NASA's Mars 2020 mission has brought another rover down to the surface of the Red Planet - this time known as Perseverance. The Perseverance rover may help us answer if life ever arose on Mars as it allows scientists to search for signs of ancient microbes in a river delta within the 28-mile wide Jezero Crater. To celebrate the mission's achievements thus far, the exhibit highlights a collection of high resolution images captured by the rover as it remotely explores the planet. Dramatic views from Perseverance's harrowing landing, beautiful panoramas of the Martian surface, closeup shots of geological points of interest, and photos of the Ingenuity Helicopter drone in flight during its technology demonstration, is on display to emphasize our continued drive to understand Mars. This spirit of exploration is captured in the mission's slogan: Dare Mighty Things.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.