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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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Port Charlotte, Florida
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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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Sao Paulo, SP
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

the museum is not big , but is well set up and the butterfly exhibition is a must to visit . children will like it , and also adults reserve around 2 to 3 hours to visit

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Wonderful displays on natural history of Florida. Butterfly exhibit costs extra, but we found it worthwhile. If your child is interested in dinosaurs and archeology, they should see this place!

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Fantastic museum! The hall of fossils is the best executed exhibit I have ever been. Perfect mix of traditional and high tech interpretation. The exhibit on the Calusa is a great sensory experience. With exhibits on Southwest and Northeast Florida natural history I wish they would put in one on Southeast FL too. The area where they have pull out... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is one of the best things you can do in Gainesville. With so much rain over the holiday, it was a perfect place to visit. Great parking.

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Cairo, Egypt
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It has a little something for everyone, based on what the visitor's like: History, Marine, Nature or all of them you will enjoy it very much, the Dog-to-Wolf part was a bit disappointing.

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Palm City, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Interesting info on Florida and it's early Indians. And, of course, there is the butterfly rainforest to see!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum was smaller than I had anticipated and I kept wandering around looking to see if there was more around a corner. However the displays there are excellent, especially the local information ones. Good for young children. Shop has lots of educational toys for children and some really pretty locally made jewellery. there were seats outside which looked as... More

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Tampa, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were happy to have chosen a hotel (UF Hilton) directly across the street from this museum and were thrilled to visit it again and again during our stay in Gainesville! It is engaging for all age groups. Young children had plenty of hands-on activities, and my teens were enthralled with the fossils exhibits. My husband loved the areas on... More

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