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Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
352-846-2000
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums
Description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was a wonderful place to visit! Especially if you have little ones! Fun for adults too if you like fossils and butterflies. You can pay to go see traveling exhibits & do the butterfly house. We did not do that but we would next time. For free this is a MUST of you're in Gainesville!

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Poinciana, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife saw this advertised and my grandson loves Butterflies. this place is amazing and just wonderful to visit. Thousands of beautiful BF's in the rain forest. They land on you, colors are amazing, even turtles and Koi fish in a pond. We also visit the evolution of the dog which shows how the dogs evolved from wolves and there... More

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St. Augustine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We are currently moving to the lake city area , and after a day of negotiations we where looking for something to do for not alit of money. So we decided on something fun and educational. Besides our daughter LOVES butterflies! It was wonderful! Only 2 exhibits cost money ( butterflies and wolf) all else free ( but donations are... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Great for the kids. The butterflies are awesome. Look for the small quail the help support the ecosystem in the Butterfly outdoor garden.

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Doha
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Absolutely fantastic place to go if it's raining or too hot (as it often is in Florida). The resource room for little ones is the best feature - they can touch and play with all kinds of toys, puzzles, books.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

On many Saturdays, professors and local science teachers volunteer and provide guided tours of the displays there. Once I took my children there and a professor of geology was giving a guided tour for free! It was amazing to walk through the museum with him and listen to all the great history there. Although the museum is fun just by... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I grew up going to this museum and even now, I'm still amazed at all the exhibits! The permanent and changing exhibits are both always really great. Great for kids, great for adults - something for almost everyone. And you can't beat the price!

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Palm Coast, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Ok, not totally. $4 to park. There are additional charges to see butterflies and another exhibit, but my kids are 2 and 4. We have done butterflies at other places. Can't beat the price for a couple of hours for the kids to explore. The discovery area is just a small room, but great for little ones. They enjoyed looking... More

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The museum is a very worthwhile stop for anyone interested in Florida history. Then there's also the star attraction, the Butterfly Rainforest. The latter is a very well maintained and well populated area where you can walk amongst the butterflies and the extensive vegetation. Upon entry you're told to watch your step because sometimes the butterflies land on the walkways.... More

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wpb, fl
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a great place to take the kids and the older ones in our party enjoyed it also. has many hands on projects for kids to do and has many interesting exhibits for the adults to enjoy.

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