Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville: Hours, Address, Florida Museum of Natural History Reviews: 4.5/5

Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Museum of Natural History
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
**The Florida Museum is open to the public. To ensure a safe environment for all visitors, the Museum has limited entry and masks are recommended.** Open to the public continuously since January 1998, Powell Hall houses exhibits and public education programs. It is located between the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the UF Cultural Plaza at 3215 Hull Road, just east of Southwest 34th Street on the western edge of the University of Florida campus. Visitors to Powell Hall will encounter exciting featured exhibits and signature permanent exhibition halls that explore the state’s unique habitats and rich cultural history, including information about some of Florida's early Native peoples. Visitors may view a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony and mammoth and mastodon skeletons from the last ice age.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Jill H
Williamsville, United States76 contributions
Jun 2021
We went to the museum on a Saturday. The museum was kid friendly and some hands on experiences were available.The collections were well organized and explanations available at display.
Written October 31, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much for visiting and for your feedback! We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your experience at the museum! We hope you visit us again.
Written November 3, 2021
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carolyn b
St. Pete Beach, FL391 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Easy day trip from st pete beach, so much to see great for any age. When there must see the butterflies, they are amazing to watch and land on you, beautiful. The colors are amazing.
Written October 24, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for visiting and for your feedback! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and had a goodexperience in the rainforest! We hope you visit us again.
Written October 28, 2021
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Gayle E
Orlando, FL1,198 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The bones from the sloth, shark jaws and trays of artifacts are outstanding. The dioramas of the Colusa And Seminole Native American people are fantastic. All of us enjoyed the day at the museum and our teenage grandson gave it a thumbs up! We will go back!
Written August 4, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for visiting and for your feedback! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit ! We hope you visit us again.
Written August 5, 2021
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Karin R
Boca Raton, FL2 contributions
May 2021
We went to see the butterflies but initially spent a lot of time perusing through the museum as well. I especially enjoyed learning about the indigenous Florida Native Americans, how they lived, hunted, and thrived. If you love butterflies as much as we do, the Butterfly Rainforest is a real treat. It is a beautiful, tranquil environment full of all species of butterflies, and any interesting facts about them. The butterflies and all of the exhibits kept us smiling all the way home.
Written July 30, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for visiting and for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope you visit us again.
Written August 5, 2021
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pcjoan
Palm Coast, fl9 contributions
Jul 2021
Had been here several years ago and enjoyed it yet again. So many kids there having a wonderful time. Lots of interesting things to adults to learn about Florida.
Written July 25, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your review, glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Hope you come see us again!
Written July 27, 2021
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Lovewins247
Clermont, FL3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Kids had a Blast. Would have been better to just pay 1 admission fee and see everything vs having to pay for things al la cart.
Written June 8, 2021
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floridamuseum
Glad to hear your family enjoyed your visit! We appreciate the feedback, the general museum is free but there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest and temporary Special Exhibits. We have a Best Value option for guests at the front desk which grants admission to both exhibits. Thanks and hope you visit us again soon!
Written June 9, 2021
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hoonga0
Tampa, FL15 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Good
-Free admission, so an excellent way to spend at least an hour or two
-Exhibits were all well-kept, and reasonably interactive and immersive, even with the pandemic
-Ample parking, on reasonably-sized spaces
-Very informative and educational
-Good immersive experiences, such as the "see underwater as a small fish" exhibit, which was unique

Not so good
-Nothing too serious
-I researched them online and was looking forward to the exhibit on plastics, so was a little disappointed in that the "exhibit" was no more than a few placards along one wall in the entrance lobby of the museum. As I was impressed with the other real exhibits, this didn't take much away from it.
-Would have liked more specimens, but appreciated all the info about the natural history of Florida

Overall, I would definitely recommend the museum to anyone, even if they charged <$10 for admission. I would question whether it was worth more than that.
Written May 31, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope you visit us again.
Written July 9, 2021
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Jim
3 contributions
May 2021
A perfect way to spend part of your day. Cool history and a friendly staff. I would plan to spend about 1-2 hours.
Written May 26, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your review, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon!
Written June 9, 2021
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eyesbblue
Virginia586 contributions
May 2021
You could spend all day but just an hour or so is valuable. The information on the native peoples was nicely done and informative,
Written May 10, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much! We are glad you found our exhibits to be informative, hope you come visit us again!
Written May 24, 2021
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Ivy-Ripley
Riverview, FL320 contributions
May 2021
This is such a gem! We took our six year old daughter, and she loved it as much as we did. We were a little disappointed that the children's area was closed, but it was completely understandable with Covid. Staff was super friendly and helpful, especially Sid (I think that was his name). He told us to take a photo under the mammoth tusks because they make the shape of a heart.

The exhibits were amazing and super informative. Please follow the directions of entrance because walking into the bone room was breathtaking.

This is a must do and being free made it all the better!
Written May 4, 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much! We are glad you all enjoyed your visit and appreciate your understanding. Hope you come visit us again!
Written May 6, 2021
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Florida Museum of Natural History is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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