By Amanda Hatfield
COCOA -- A local museum would like to say "thank you" to the Space Coast community by offering free admission for attendees.
On Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will waive its fee to patrons.
"This particular event is not annual, but this is our second year of offering a minimum of four free days a year," said Rachel Burris, director of education for the Brevard Museum.
"We do so as a community appreciation day to allow anyone who wants to attend the museum to do so," Mrs. Burris said. "This particular day will also be the introduction to Fashion of the Museum, which will be on display through June."
Featuring a range of fashions, like wedding dresses from the early 1900s and undergarments from the late 1800s through the 1900s, the special exhibit showcases society's progression of style.
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science houses some of the Space Coast's most precious pieces of history.
"We are one of the few museums in Florida to exhibit an authentic saber-tooth cat and casts of a mastodon and giant-ground sloth, all of which were found here in Florida," Mrs. Burris said.
The museum currently features the only display of the Windover archaeology discovered in Titusville in the 1980s.
"Human skeletons were found, that date back 7-9,000 years old with intact DNA brain matter," Mrs. Burris added. "The fabric, which wrapped the skeletons, is believed to be the oldest fabric in the world."
Visitors to the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science can also learn about Florida pioneers, general stores, rail-way depot, the citrus industry and much more.
"Each exhibit features authentic articles used here in Florida in Brevard County," Mrs. Burris said. "For example, the first safe used in the first bank in Cocoa is on display in the rail-way depot."
Florida's natural beauty can be enjoyed by guests of all ages along a 22-acre trail that showcases three different eco-structures, including a bridge walkway over wetlands.
"We also have an extensive shell collection contributed by Johnnie Johnson and curated currently by James Cordy," Mrs. Burris said. "The Hall of Mollusks is filled with beautiful shells found locally and around the world."
The Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science also features a variety of preserved fish and animals.
"People should come out to this event to experience the history that is literally found right here in Florida," Mrs. Burris added.
What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than by seeing fashions of the past and special exhibits?
"Offering free admission is the museum's way of saying thank you to the community for its continued support through the years," Mrs. Burris said.
The Spring Community Free Day at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science is Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m..
The Brevard Museum is located at 2201 Michigan Ave. in Cocoa. For more information, call (321) 632-1830.