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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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Nice way to spend a few hours

We spent at least an hour roaming around this nice little (free) Natural History museum. Learning about Florida's history, ecosystem, animals, biodiversity and generally... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We spent at least an hour roaming around this nice little (free) Natural History museum. Learning about Florida's history, ecosystem, animals, biodiversity and generally everything that we see on a day to day basis. The kids enjoyed it as much as I did. Down one hallway you could see the scientists and researchers working behind the glass, with explanations and... More 

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Westport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The Florida Museum of Natural History was free and we were very impressed with the exhibits. You have to pay extra if you want to see "Sue" the dinosaur, but all the Free parts are worth the visit. There is a children's discovery room and lots to see. Very nice.

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LaFayette, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
46 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Me and my wife planned a stop over in Gainesville during our most recent trip specifically to see this museum. At the time we decided on this course of action we did not know that the T-Rex Sue traveling exhibit, from the Field Museum in Chicago, was going to be present. This was a very pleasant surprise. First, this museum... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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305 reviews 305 reviews
226 attraction reviews
865 helpful votes 865 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Some TripAdvisor reviewers confuse Florida Museum of Natural History, the number 2 rated of 61 Gainesville attractions, with Butterfly Rainforest, the top rated TripAdvisor attraction. Perhaps this confusion is caused by two separate buildings at different addresses sharing the same parking lot. This review concerns the must-see museum. My review of the top-rated site is at “Float like a butterfly.”... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Saw the Teranesauraus Rex Skeleton, named Suzy. Unique. And great supportive exhibits for children. Check it out, its a once in a decade opportunity.

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Oneonta, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A wonderful museum and the Butterfly Rainforest is outstanding. An experience suitable for all ages, with a special children's area.

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Seminole, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This museum is fabulous! There is so much to see and learn about here and it was very inexpensive. If you can show your child got an "A" in science on their report card (mobile or paper copy), they get in free! There are many many exhibits to look at, read and interact with. We particularly loved the butterfly collections... More 

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Berkshire
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We went primarily for the Butterfly Rain Forest which was great, but this place has a whole load more to see and enjoy as well as learning about many aspects of how the natural history of the area has progressed over thousands of years. Fascinating insight explained and captured so well in this easy flowing museum. Well worth the visit!

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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