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“A Time Well Spent”

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.
Port Charlotte, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
313 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“A Time Well Spent”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

The museum is a very worthwhile stop for anyone interested in Florida history. Then there's also the star attraction, the Butterfly Rainforest. The latter is a very well maintained and well populated area where you can walk amongst the butterflies and the extensive vegetation. Upon entry you're told to watch your step because sometimes the butterflies land on the walkways. We did see one perched there. The rest of the museum is divided into specific exhibits: Florida fossils, waterways and wildlife and South Florida People and Environments. One of the changing exhibits while we were there concerned the evolution of dogs from wolves. The entire museum was very clean and staffed by many volunteer docents. We highly recommend this facility.

Visited July 2014
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wpb, fl
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62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“great place for kids”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a great place to take the kids and the older ones in our party enjoyed it also. has many hands on projects for kids to do and has many interesting exhibits for the adults to enjoy.

Visited July 2014
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Sao Paulo, SP
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“very good of children of all ages”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

the museum is not big , but is well set up and the butterfly exhibition is a must to visit .
children will like it , and also adults
reserve around 2 to 3 hours to visit

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Must-see when in Gainesville”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wonderful displays on natural history of Florida. Butterfly exhibit costs extra, but we found it worthwhile. If your child is interested in dinosaurs and archeology, they should see this place!

Visited June 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Time to kill in Gainesville”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is one of the best things you can do in Gainesville. With so much rain over the holiday, it was a perfect place to visit. Great parking.

Visited July 2014
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