The 007Forever team invites you, our fellow Bond fans and Bond memorabilia collectors, to visit and participate in the Florida Natural History Museum`s annual Collectors` Day. (Makes for a nice warm up event to this year`s Bond Weekend 2000 in New Orleans!) Exciting James Bond memorabilia will be on display and thousands of enthusiastic fans are expected to attend. You are also welcomed to participate in fun events in Gainesville, Florida over the February 12 weekend.
The Florida Museum`s notice reads: “21st Collectors Day: (February 12, 2000, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Beverage openers, bears, buttons, bottles, Barbie dolls, James Bond and Beatles memorabilia are just a few of the collections on display. Discover collections of all kinds and meet their collectors.” The public is welcomed (Bond fans especially!) to the museum on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see nearly 100 fabulous collections represented, including our man 007.
A pleasant weekend of displaying memorabilia, talking shop with 007Forever editors and contributors, trading items and browsing Bond super-collections is in store, and there is plenty more to do in Gainesville, including outdoor sports and warm weather to enjoy, inexpensive dining and accommodations plus sightseeing, including locations for Sean Connery’s “Just Cause” and other major films. A large number of James Bond movie and novel locations are within a few miles of Gainesville.
An informal weekend of fun is on tap for Bond collectors wishing to participate in Bond-themed events surrounding the Collectors` Day over the February 12 weekend. Below this story are links to related articles, museum directions and a map. For more details, please reply to: 007Forever and Collectors` Day.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Hull Road and SW 34th Street
University of Florida
To the museum from the North:
From the North, take I-75 to Exit 76/Newberry Road. Take Newberry Road/Highway 26 East several miles to NW 34th Street/Highway 121. Turn right on 34th St. and go several blocks to Hull Road. Make a left onto Hull Road and then a right a few yards down into the large parking lot.
To the museum from the South:
From the South, take I-75 to Exit 75/Archer Road. Take Archer Road/Highway 24 East about ½ mile to NW 34th Street/Highway 121. Turn left on 34th St. and go several blocks to Hull Road. Make a right onto Hull Road and then a second right a few yards down into the large parking lot.
The Florida Museum:
The parking lot serves a complex of three sizable buildings, the UF Performing Arts Center, the Harn Art Museum (has a pyramid shaped roof you can see from Hull Road) and the Natural History Museum between the two, near the large fountain. There are two Florida Museums at UF so ask for the Art Museum/Performing Arts Center on campus if you need directions that day.