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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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A must see for all ages

We are a retired nature loving couple who took our 5 year old grandson to this museum in February - wow what a "find" (and we visit a lot of natural history museums). The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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San Marcos, Tex.
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San Marcos, Tex.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We are a retired nature loving couple who took our 5 year old grandson to this museum in February - wow what a "find" (and we visit a lot of natural history museums). The butterfly collection and 'hatching area' are amazing. All the displays are extremely well presented, and we all had a wonderful time exploring each one.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We loved the museum. Very interesting and educational and at your own pace. A don't miss to see. We had lunch in their cafe and it was excellent.

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Was there primarily to see "Sue" the T-Rex display, which was fantastic BTW. the history of this animal who roamed this earth so many, many millennium ago was a real experience to see up close. Much better than seeing it in a history book. I would strongly urge everyone to take the time. From there over to the butterfly habitat... More 

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Orange City, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

As a UF alumnus from the '80s I spent a huge amount of time exploring the old museum. Let me tell you, the new location with more extensive fossils displayed is a real treat. Built around 2004, it has hours of displays to investigate. We were lucky enough to visit in time to see "Sue" the T. rex while she... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I loved it very much, it just is what in the world are the things showing?? I thing they should make it clear what it is. Otherwise you really do not know what it is.

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Dunedin, Florida, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a beautiful museum, with great kid-friendly displays telling the story of the prehistoric peoples and animals that inhabited northwest Florida. It was free admission to see the main galleries, and a small fee to see two special exhibits, a T-Rex skeleton and a tropical butterfly garden. I just walked through the main galleries, which took less than 45... More 

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Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Living near Gainesville, this was one of my favorite places to go. There are a ton of things to see, and do at the museum. I haven't been to the museum in years, but the dinosaur exhibit will always stick in my mind as an amazing sight, as well as the shark jaws on display. I would recommend this museum... More 

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is part of University of Florida so it is not a huge museum as you will find in larger cities but this museum is a gem if you like natural history. They have a lot of exhibits regarding Florida which is interesting and fun to see. I really liked the large photos about the Florida springs. I would like... More 

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New York
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We recently visited this museum which is located on the campus of The University of Florida in Gainsville. The admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The exhibits are very well done. They deal with prehistoric times, ecology of Florida and the early people in Florida such as the Seminoles. There is a gift shop near the entrance. The butterfly... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This museum is free to the public, excpet for the butterfly exhibit. There is plenty to read about and learn even if the butterflies are not flying (the day we visited was cool and damp, and the staff advised us that the experience would be less than good, so we skipped this exhibit).

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