We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
Phone Number:
+1 352-846-2000
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 690 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 519
  • 120
    Very good
  • 18
  • 0
  • 2
Wonderful Museum with an enchanting butterfly exhibit.

My son and I went for the Butterfly Exhibit which was quite amazing! The kids would love this area as you walk through the exhibit these gentle little critters dart about... read more

Reviewed April 30, 2016
James A W
Tampa, United States
Add Photo Write a Review

690 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 659: English reviews
Tampa, United States
Level Contributor
81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2016

My son and I went for the Butterfly Exhibit which was quite amazing! The kids would love this area as you walk through the exhibit these gentle little critters dart about unafraid. The setting is lush and tropical. Very well done. The Museum is well worth a visit too. Very interesting local history exhibits and an outside nature trail.

Thank James A W
Dunnellon, Florida
Level Contributor
57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2016

This is a great place to learn about ecology/Florida history. And it's free! Different eco-systems to explore- limestone cave, mangrove swamp, beach. Lots of drawers to open, buttons to push for sounds for younger kids. Neat Skeleton display and wooly mammoth skeleton. Discovery Room is hands-on little kids room. Walking trails outside. They do charge for the Butterfly Rainforest. Nice... More 

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

Hello, Thanks so much for your kind review. I did want to clarify the mammoth displayed is a Columbian mammoth, which lived in Florida during the last ice age, rather than a wooly mammoth. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon. The new featured exhibit "Wicked Plants" opens May 14. More 

Naples, Florida
Level Contributor
202 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2016

We love smaller museums and the focus on the Calusa tribe was well presented. Great Wooly Mammoth. And it's free!

Thank vinnyandbabs
Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016

Well worth your time. Take your time going through this exhibit. Enjoy having the butterflies land on you and your children and be sure to take lots of photos. I loved this and all of my kids did too...I even got some thumbs-up from my husband.

Thank mommey3200
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

A great day out. Fantastic archives and exhibits particularly the mammoth and the other prehistoric exhibits and fossils.

Thank AstleyWhite
Keystone Heights, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed April 25, 2016

I've been going since I was a little girl. It's a very fun and well developed place to take the kids in a cheaply manner.

Thank rebekahhall59
Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2016

Great experience for all ages. Always changing ...Enjoyed T-Rex on a previous visit. School Children will enjoy it as well

Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

Truly an amazing museum. I know it's not as large as some in bigger cities, but they do such a great job of truly making this an awesome place to just walk through! I honestly love going here. Most all of their regular exhibits are free as are some visiting exhibits. The temporary exhibits that costs money to see are... More 

Thank MPJ552
Gainesville, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

The museum is awesome. Free to get in. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Butterfly garden is extra but well worth the extra money!

Thank AntAlexMason
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Level Contributor
447 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2016

Mrs Too and Ben are in our later seventies. Well educated, well traveled, omnivorous readers, we fancy ourselves fairly well versed in our environs, yet this little building took us down a peg or two. Part of the University of Florida, the museum is not just a fascinating attraction for all ages, but the showcase of a large and internationally... More 

1 Thank Ben_Theretoo406

Travelers who viewed Florida Museum of Natural History also viewed


Been to Florida Museum of Natural History? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Florida Museum of Natural History and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Florida Museum of Natural History staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?