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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
Owner description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.

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Austin, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Butterfly house was memorable, and displays were well-done. Worth visiting, whether its with or without the kids.

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Bowmanville
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

What a great museum. Was here and saw the shark exhibit. It was awesome. Didn't see butterfly exhibit as it was a cold day so going back in march to see it. The rest of the exhibits are also great showing things in Florida. Great place to spend the day

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Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

As for me , that Museum meets all of the expectations, that are expected from such kind of museum! You can walk through the different kind of conditions, meet scientists working next to you on their research(no jokes, right behind the glass), you can turn up in the ancient hut of the native Florida's people. You can touch , you... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is donation site and PLEASE make a donation. It is ABSOLUTELY wonderful and fun to see. There is always something new to see and the staff is VERY helpful!

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Leesburg, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

As a Florida resident I felt proud of Gainesville and the state of Florida for creating such a wonderful attraction. The display on the indigenous Indians of Florida was quite wonderful, especially the Colusa hut.The butterfly exhibit was beautiful and informative. The museum was easy to get around, wheelchairs are provided for the patrons that need them, The staff are... More 

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Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
11 attraction reviews
282 helpful votes 282 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We've been going to the Natural History Museum at the University of Florida on and off for more than ten years now. In that time we've watched the museum struggle with various exhibits and pricey events, all of which are getting pretty stale. The butterfly area is probably the primary example, more a memorial than an active research environment. But... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for your comments. The review doesn't indicate if you’ve visited areas of the Museum other than the “Discovery Room” or “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit recently, but I wanted to share some exciting news. The Museum plans to build a new, expanded, interactive “Discovery Room” off of the “Collections are the Library of Life” exhibit gallery. A large wall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I go here at least once a year and take my daughter. I love it and they have different displays regularly. Can always check ahead to see if the exhibit is something you are interested in. The butterfly garden is nice, but it is one part of the museum that cost money.

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7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Laid out so nice, this museum is interesting and filled with creative, informative rooms and paths. It is free and has a nice children's area to let the kids work off some energy. There are benches to sit and view exhibits and rest.

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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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22 reviews 22 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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