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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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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 Wealth of Culture in one little space

The Museum has amazing insights into the history of Gainsville, its Apachuan Indian Heritage, the different vegetation and fauna, the geological features of the land including the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Pheona W
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Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
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Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Museum has amazing insights into the history of Gainsville, its Apachuan Indian Heritage, the different vegetation and fauna, the geological features of the land including the marshes for bird watchers and the caves full of interesting animals. It is a magical place for the whole family.There is a whole section dedicated to the Ice Age with Mammoth and dinosaur... More 

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Tampa, FL
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A little known secret destination in central Florida, this museum is rated one of the best natural history museums in the USA and it didn't disappoint. It covers millions of years of Florida history -- geology, plants, humans and animals -- in an entertaining and educational way. Huge man-sized shark jaws, mastodons, 8 ft. long bear dogs, dioramas of Fl... More 

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Blairstown, New Jersey
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting display of Florida history, Clean facility and well run. I highly recommend the experience of visiting this facility

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Thank dcallan
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum for all ages. This museum has traveling exhibits, a walk-in Florida cave with lots of hands-on for children, the prehistoric and native Indian exhibit is fantastic, wonderful gift shop and a a cafe, to mention a few highlights. Last but definitely not least is the butterfly rainforest filled with wonderful flora and some fauna besides the butterflies. The... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to this museum since 2012, when I started at UF. I think it's a great way to spend a couple hours if you're in Gainesville, and it's not that expensive. The butterfly part is amazing.

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Cooper City, Florida
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a free admission museum for the exception of special exhibit areas. We enjoyed our time here and recommend it for couples with children.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both my college age daughter and I were pleasantly surprised by this museum, which has many displays depicting the natural history of Florida over time. I especially liked the shark's jaw displays and the butterfly house. They also have a very large collection of dinosaur skeletons and other pre-historic creatures, and most are completely intact and not reproductions. We greatly... More 

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Gville
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoy taking our son to the museum to learn and play. There is a really cool, hands on play area. It has comfortable seating for parents so the kids can stay for awhile.

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Thank CHAD N
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my two kids and grand baby visits the museum and butterfly garden. It was cold so the butterflies were flying much. The kids and I have a great time. The red haired guy at the desk has the attitude of a bull frog, zero personality and most of the staff is pretty close.

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Miami, Florida
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well put together museum of, what else, Florida's Natural History. Includes pre-Florida land and aquatic animals, very interesting. Diaramas, fossils, and more... Also, native Floridian peoples. Allow 2-3 hours for a decent visit with all the displays. Passed on the temporary, extra charge "St Augustine" exhibit...

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