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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 17 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.

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Lynn Haven, Florida
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This place is pretty cool if you live nearby. Fortunately, this was a stop off "break" traveling between Orlando and Panama City, FL for us. I do have to commend them on a very cool butterfly exhibit and research. However, my husband and I would have been really disappointed if we had driven 3 hours to see it. It's definitely... More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History and thank you for your review. I just wanted to clarify general admission is free, and this includes the majority of the museum. All permanent exhibits are free with the exception of the outdoor living Butterfly Rainforest. The museum only charges admission to the Butterfly Rainforest... More

Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The museum has some of the best fossilized skeletons of ancient Florida Mammals. The mastodon and ground sloth are very impressive. The first peoples exhibit is interesting and worth seeing.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I visited this museum as a professional scientist to study the collections, though this review is based on my impression of the public exhibits. In short, the museum is excellent. The exhibits are beautifully designed and extremely well executed. It is clear that a great deal of thought went into the design of the public exhibits. There is a great... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

For a small city, Gainesville has created an impressive complex for adults and children too. The Natural History Museum contains the Butterfly Rainforest as well. The kids will love the variety of beautiful butterflies that will land on them and flit around in the rainforest setting with waterfalls and bridges and a winding path through lush tropical plants. (Viewing is... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been here many times, I like the fact that there are things you can actually touch. It is very interesting place and I love the exhibits there. It is a great place to take school age children.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This place is really nice to visit and it students can get there for free! Maybe the best thing about this place is the Butterfly Rainforest.

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Nottingham, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This museum is one of the most interesting ones that I have ever visited. It was really neat to learn about the original inhabitants of the area and how long it has been inhabited. A lot of history and interesting things are found there. I also just love the Butterfly Exhibit - there are so many different species and are... More

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The Villages, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The Florida Museum of Natural History is part museum, part art gallery, and part Smithsonian. Skeletons of pre-historic animals and mammals loom over and around you as you tour exhibit after exhibit, displaying rare artifacts from an era before mankind. They have special events and art showings, to make every visit feel fresh and new. It's definitely highly recommended for... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This museum specializes in natural history related to Florida. Other areas are represented, but Florida is the focus. Lots of interesting exhbitis and this museum is connected to the Butterfly Garden which is really superb.

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florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Good way to beat the heat and have an interesting and educational day. Lots of information about natural Florida, both past and present. Will plan another visit when in the area.

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