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Florida Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone Number: 352-846-2000
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Description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the...
Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
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The butterfly garden is beautiful!

I love the butterfly garden! It is peaceful, and the butterflies are everywhere! Also, the exhibits are very educational, and speak to the anthrpological and cultural history of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I love the butterfly garden! It is peaceful, and the butterflies are everywhere! Also, the exhibits are very educational, and speak to the anthrpological and cultural history of Florida.

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We made our first, but not last, visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History yesterday. What an enjoyable afternoon! Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, it was very easy to find. Signage is helpful to find your way. Parking is available at the museum. We went to see the T-Rex Named Sue limited-time exhibit. It was... More 

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Regina, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We visited on a cold day in February for something to do indoors, and weren't disappointed. The butterfly exhibit was closed because of the weather, but there was enough to see and do without going to that exhibit to fill a few hours. The museum is clean and well-maintained, and the various displays appear to be thoughtfully constructed. If I... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Not a surprise to see a museum established in the greatest university town in Florida. The floor plan was well laid out with a varied display - from butterflies to Florida Native Americans. All superb.

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Gainesville, FL
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very informative exhibits about the different Florida climates and environments. Great children's play area makes this a perfect rainy day activity. The museum is free of charge. There is a charge for parking during most of the day, and an extra charge for the Butterfly exhibit and other special exhibits.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

A must see! Great traveling exhibits & lots of great children's interest exhibits. Butterfly Rainforest is next door. As well as the Harn Museum. Lunch at Camellia Cafe is a treat.

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Groton, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Some really nice exhibits (like the mastadon as you enter the exhibit) and some rather typical and "meh" (like the marshlands, bird and early civilization exhibits). There are a few places where small children can get some hands on fun building and exploring. There are some additional exhibits that require an added fee (we didn't choose to do these). We... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We love revisiting both places which are located in the same building. We have not yet seen the T Rex exhibit, but will be visiting soon. The Butterfly Rainforest is always a different experience with the releases scheduled most hours. My daughter has grown up visiting at least once a year -- she has learned so much with something new... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We stopped at the museum while traveling through Gainesville. We had read about it in a travel brochure and thought it would give us a break from driving. We were on a tight schedule so did not spend as much time as we could have. We skipped the T-rex exhibit because of time. The exhibits we did see were very... More 

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St. Augustine, FL
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109 reviews 109 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

While in Gainesville, we have visited the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. Even though we did not have enough time to view all the exhibits, we did visit the two areas most attractive to us - the Butterfly Rainforest and the T. Rex Named Sue. Both are excellent and worth the admission fee.... More 

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