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“Small, interesting and FREE!”

Florida Museum of Natural History
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
Williston, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Small, interesting and FREE!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The museum is free and how can you argue with that? Exhibits change often and sometimes there are fees for special exhibits, but overall, there's a lot to see here without paying anything. It's a perfect way to while away a rainy afternoon. It's also adjacent to a butterfly forest (there is a small charge for it). Combine the two and take your time exploring--and learning about Florida's history. Young children, 5-9, are always delighted with it.

Visited March 2013
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great free place to visit”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Over the past, we've always taken our kids here and now take our grand kids. There are new exhibits frequently, excellent exhibits showing the real Florida history, ecosystem, etc. and the most exciting for kids is the cave, a life like exhibit of a Florida underground cave they can walk through.

Visited August 2013
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Englewood, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were driving through Gainesville and saw the signs for the museum so we stopped in and were pleasantly surprised with the facility. The museum has displays spanning the natural history of the state from fossils to wildlife. The quality of the exhibits rivals the National Museum of Natural History. Admission to the permanent display is free however there is a charge for the butterfly exhibit or the surfing exhibit. We visited during a Homecoming Weekend and we almost had the museum to ourselves as the big game had much of the focus of the town. Take your camera, there are plenty of good photo ops here,

Visited November 2013
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Valrico, FL
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Florida themed Museum for young and old”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

It is very well laid out. They change the displays so visit often. the butterfly area is great. Bring your camera.

Visited October 2012
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Butterflies were beautiful”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

butterfly forest was beautiful. the museum is very small but very nice. im originally from new york so sometimes have problem accepting Natural history museums that are not as large as the new york museum of natural history.

Visited August 2013
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