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Florida Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
Phone Number: +1 352-846-2000
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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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You will see a diversity of butterflies in this museum, both live and sample. There is always some event going on, but you need to pay extra to visit. The track for Florida... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You will see a diversity of butterflies in this museum, both live and sample. There is always some event going on, but you need to pay extra to visit. The track for Florida history is also educational for kids. The playroom right on the left side at the entrance provides a lot of books and activities for both small kids... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great informative museum. We also did the wicked plants exhibit that part was our favorite. We enjoyed it

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The plants and butterflies are just amazing. It is beautifully done and educational. I had a butterfly sit on my glasses for several minutes.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has some great permanent displays, but it is always fun to visit when there are special exhibits. All the exhibits are geared to be educational for kids as well. I wouldn't recommend for very small children. Probably 6 or 7 and above. It is free to get into the museum (donations accepted) and a small fee for the... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum for such a small city. Free except special exhibits. Home of the incredible Butterfly Rainforest which is not free but worth the money. Excellent gift shop. Butterfly garden plant sales. Next door to Art usually. Also still free I believe. Just do it!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Florida Museum of Natural History is situated near the University and across the road from the Holton Hotel. Displays are well maintained and although the museum is small it may take an hour or two to work your way through the well presented displays. I would highly recommend a visit while you are in Gainesville, best of all it... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely nice museum, not too big but wonderful exhibits. Free admission and plenty of parking. There was a special exhibit until Jan. 15, 2017, "Wicked Plants" that requires paid admission $7.50/ adult. I did not go thru it but it looked very interesting. The Florida Fossils:Evolution of Life and Land is exceptional. Skeletons of prehistoric Floridian animals such as the... More 

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Rockledge, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very nice and diverse collection, this museum has something for everyone. Well laid out floor plan and great exhibits with amazing detail. We all enjoyed this stop for different reasons.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great way to spend a couple hours with The kids or just as a couple. Very interactive exhibits for the kids and some great exhibits to see.

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Clermont, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

What a pleasant surprise. Went there on a bus "day-trip". Was amazed at the number & depth of the exhibits. Provided a lot of info regarding FL. Admission is free but there are a couple exhibits (example - Butterfly Rainforest) for which you will pay.

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