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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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Treasure trove of Florida history

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... read more

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Very nice exhibits. Staff very knowledgeable. Butterfly garden is huge with a ton of butterflies! Very cheap as well! Definitely recommend this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Tropical setting full of butterflies and tropical plants. It was really cool to see. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Great for kids too. Selfies a must.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Florida has really interesting natural history. You will learn about all kinds of creatures that used to roam Florida thousands of years ago. Our family learned a lot. Loved the Calusa history section. We even saw Sue, the T. Rex as the travelling exhibit. Go see her before she's gone!

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Naples, Florida
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had a great time with our boys ages 8, 5 and 10 months. Lots of great exhibits about Florida. The staff was very informative and kind.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Loved all the interesting facts about our home state of Florida. Everything beautifully displayed. Butterfly exhibit and labs very educational.

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Orlando, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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