A treasure to experience during any season, walking the Museum’s mile long boardwalk gives you a wonderful chance to see plant and wildlife distinctive to the Everglades environment. However, winter brings a certain tranquility that is unique compared to the warmer and rainier months. The bald cypress trees have shed their needle-like leaves, opening up the top canopy to clear, bright blue skies. Their tall trunks are in constant sway with the seasonal breeze, creaking back and forth. Take a moment to stand still and stare up at the towering trees. You’ll almost feel like you are floating or swaying too.
Although the cypress are waiting to grow back their leaves, there is no lack of greenery. At first glimpse the dense vegetation all appears to be one color. But look closely, moving to where you can see the sun peek through the leaves and you’ll soon see endless shades of green appear.
The boardwalk is full of life during the winter months. Unlike northern states, South Florida’s pleasant temperatures bring migratory birds to the area, invite alligators to bask in the warm sun, and continue to foster the perfect environment for new plant life.
On your walk, make sure to take the time to look in all directions. You never know who you will see or who might be watching you!
Whatever the season, the boardwalk is sure to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of the every day, opening your eyes to Florida’s true beauty.
Did you know that museums and collecting institutions are only able to display a small percentage of their collections at a time? Space, resources, and the fact that many artifacts cannot stay on exhibit for long periods of time due to preservation constraints are a few of the reasons behind this sometimes frustrating visitor experience. Many museums have made creative efforts to increase a visitor’s access and to share their vast collections through open storage solutions, collection tours, and online exhibitions.
The Tribal Historic Preservation Office has been working hard on trying to increase access into the Tribe’s archaeological collections. Currently, we do not have permanent exhibit space on campus, and although we are working on the development of future exhibitions, we realized there is a need to open our vault doors.
Starting in January, the THPO Collections staff launched a new online program called Artifact of the Month. It’s a way for us to highlight unique and interesting artifacts in the collections that visitors would not normally get to see. At the beginning of each month, a new artifact is chosen and displayed on the THPO’s website and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum’s Facebook page. The object’s photograph is accompanied by a description and history. In addition, our online visitors will also be able to browse through previous months’ artifacts. The selection process is simple. Artifacts that help tell the in-depth story of Seminole culture and history will be presented and of course staff favorites will be highlighted now and again!
By this summer we hope to expand this program by installing an exhibit case in our Archaeological and Conservation Laboratory to display each month’s featured artifact. Our Laboratory can be viewed by visitors through the Observation hallway, which is part of the mile long boardwalk at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
For more information and to check out this month’s featured artifact please visit us at