South Florida Collections Management Center
The South Florida Collections Management Center (SFCMC) manages the museum collections for Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, De Soto National Memorial, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. Combined, the museum collections from these five parks comprise over 6 million objects, archival documents, and specimens.
The SFCMC is the central museum service provider for these five south Florida NPS units, functioning as an integral part of each park's operations and programs. It provides high-quality, professional museum collection management services, ensuring preservation and accessibility in the most responsive, efficient and cost-effective manner.
The mission of the South Florida Collections Management Center is:
The SFCMC staff coordinates cataloging and preservation of specimens and data collected under research permits in the south Florida parks. All specimens collected inside the parks are the property of the US Government and become part of the museum collection. All collectors have curatorial responsibilities for the specimens and data collected.
Finding aids are available for selected collections in the museum archives. Cataloging of the collections is still in progress.
Museum collections are available to legitimate researchers for study, per the museum access and use policy. Researchers interested in learning more about the SFCMC collections should e-mail the Museum Curator or telephone 305-242-7826.
Did You Know?
The endangered Florida Panther is closely monitored in Everglades National Park by aircraft and radio collars. Information about territory, movement, and food preference is critical in managing the future of this remarkable animal.