Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is a place where you can take a step back in time. Step back to the time of the early Florida settlers, or go all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs. Bring your imagination, and sense of wonder along for the journey.
The dinosaur exhibit is, in my opinion, the most visually-striking area of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. The sheer size of the exhibits dwarfs the visitor and brings out the wonder of what these creatures were like. The mastodon skeleton was my favorite, and the story of where it was found is fascinating. The giant sloth and saber tooth tiger displays reminded me of the characters from the movie Ice Age, but Sid was never that large!
The commercial fishing area of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science was far more interesting than the name would suggest. The jaws of a prehistoric Megalodon are prominently displayed. This scary creature would make it's current ancestor, the great white shark look like a guppy by comparison. In this section, I was introduced to the Florida state shell. I didn't know that a simple shell could be deadly, because venomous creatures can live in them.
Leaving prehistoric times, the visitor gets to experience what life was like for the early Florida settlers. From the natives, to the early Spanish influences, to the pioneers who eventually came to live here; many dioramas and antique artifacts show our history one step at a time. Being involved with real estate, I was personally intrigued to find that Merritt Island real estate once sold for $37.50 per acre.
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Team Brevard visited the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science on it's community free day of December 7, 2013. We were grateful for this selfless community event, so a member of the team made sure to purchase a nice wooden manatee sculpture in the gift shop, so that we could give back a little too. Brevard County real estate may not be selling for $37.50 per acre anymore, but we are certainly fortunate to have a place that preserves the past and enriches our culture.