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Florida Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
Phone Number: 352-846-2000
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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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Excellent Museum, very well designed, a must-see!

The entrance is free, but I STRONGLY encourage you to leave a small donation to support this wonderful initiative. Themes include: paleonthology, featuring skeletons of several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Udine, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The entrance is free, but I STRONGLY encourage you to leave a small donation to support this wonderful initiative. Themes include: paleonthology, featuring skeletons of several extinct animals, including a huge mammouth a very detailed butterfly section, featuring a large number of dead exemplars exhibited, a relatively large number of live samples that you can observe through a window, some... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place to stop in and go through if you are in the area. Very clean, informative and up to date. The staff is great and will gladly answer your questions.

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Children and adults will be well entertained. There is a children's area. Exhibits on Florida history. Very interesting! If you have time pay extra and visit the butterfly garden.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free exhibits include a cave walkthrough and Native Americans of Florida. There is often a fee exhibit that changes and the Butterfly Rainforest is adjacent.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit for the Florida fossil room alone - a marvelous collection of the remains of the prehistoric mammals that roamed Florida from the Ice Age on into the more remote past: Mammoths, saber tooth cats, giant ground sloths and many more, all cleverly laid out in dramatic poses. It is my 5-year-old grandson's favorite place. Also great exhibits... More 

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Florida City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you have a 10 and 13 year old and for two hours straight you hear, mom look at this over and over you did something right. This place is absolutely amazing in every way. The setup is easy to follow, different sections give you a feel of the artifacts and the staff was very friendly. The best rate was... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exhibit was "wicked plants". Very informative exhibit on invasive and sometimes deadly plant life. There was also an African exhibit which was interesting. The gift shop is a wonderful place for kids to let their imaginations soar.

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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 and thanks so much for the kind words. I was curious about your comment regarding an African exhibition and wanted to clarify we aren't currently displaying an exhibit on Africa. Perhaps you were referring the "Crafting Ethnic Identity in the Andes and Mesoamerica: Highlights from the Doughty Folk Art Collection." This free exhibit... More 

Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful free Museum. Nice large bamboo near the butterfly enclosure. The mammoth was amazing and the shark mouth display.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on the way home from a trip and enjoyed the museum. The museum is free but there are two exhibits that have a cost, Wicked Plants and the Butterfly Rainforest. The Butterfly Rainforest is worth the money. My kids weren't really interested in the Wicked Plants exhibit. Overall the museum was great and I would recommend it... More 

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Ocala, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took our photo club up for a Field Trip - signage is very poor - DO NOT PARK in the large lot! Pay the four bucks. We all received a $35 dollar ticket, as we missed a small sign saying student parking with permit. VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE COLLEGE! However, the Butterfly House is well worth the visit. Loaded with... More 

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