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Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

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Natural History Museum Museum
See mammoths from the Ice Age, learn about rare artifacts, and the find out the history of the native people of Florida when you visit Florida Museum of Natural History. Walk beneath towering skeletons of prehistoric animals, and see flora, fauna, and fossils from the past. Surround yourself with hundreds of exotic butterflies at the butterfly rainforest, or explore a life-size limestone cave. You can witness a South Florida Calusa Native American welcoming ceremony, and learn about Native American history and culture. Bring your kids to the Discovery Room for hands-on activities. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Florida Museum of Natural History by using our Gainesville vacation generator.
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  • The Florida museum of Natural history is a decent museum. Nothing special but the admission is free. My advise is to skip the frog exhibit which was pretty lame and was an extra $5 to $7 to view. Also...  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised by this museum. The exhibits were all very well done and the butterfly enclosure was phenomenal. There were a nice variety of butterflies and plants and the enclosure was ...  more »
  • Enjoyed our visit to the museum. There were lots of interesting exhibits to see. A good place to take kids.  more »
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  • Very nice museum. Spent about an hour and a half here but really needed more time to see everything. Learned a lot about Florida history that I didn't know and enjoyed seeing all of the cool prehistoric animals that once lived in the state. The special frog exhibit was really nice too. Definitely want to come back and spend more time here!
  • We enjoyed this museum. There was a lot of neat history to see and learn about! It is nice that there is something like this for people to visit for free! You can pay to go to the Butterfly house which was also nice as well as whatever exhibit they have, it was frogs when we went. Both were nice as well. My husband is military so he was able to see the frogs and butterfly for free which made those parts more affordable for us!
  • We took our 2 boys, ages 8 and 12. We all enjoyed our experience and learned a lot of amazing things. The butterfly garden was beautiful and the frog exhibit was fascinating. Wonderful experience. We will definitely be back!
  • This is an amazing museum with awesome staff and a friendly environment. The traveling exhibits are always engaging and cool, and the events are always a blast. I have volunteered there for three summers and I have never had a negative review or experience.
  • Wow. Loved it. I Can spend days walking around here. Wonderful displays. $4 parking, free entrance. Popular with school kids

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