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Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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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  • Kids were thrilled and educated at the same time-great family experience - huge asset to North Florida !!!! 
  • One of our favorites museums in the entire state. Well maintained and excellent exhibits! We especially love the Florida history section! 
  • I really enjoyed the exhibits. Learned new info on the FL native Americans and about the geology and ecology of the area. 
  • Everyone needs to go to this museum. Twice. Per year. At minimum. I spent two days there and wanted to go back for a third. For a smaller building there was so much to see. The displays are fresh and new, great lighting and curator-ship to really pull you in. Information is great and the fossils are exquisite. All the volunteers are passionate, kind and helpful. A volunteer named Doug will gladly spend time to give you a private tour with information you might have otherwise lost among the reading material. Go there early, excited and on a full stomach. Then you'll be prepared to fully dive in and let the history and exhibits take you to a different time. Visited August 2015
  • This is an amazing museum - it is great for kids, I take my college level students, and I alway enjoy the exhibits myself. Given that GNV is a fairly small town, we are lucky to have the sort of museum that would normally be in a large city...if even then. We go to many of the kids events and they are always fantastic - informative and ethical.
  • I love free museums! While the museum changes slowly and the dioramas have been the same for years, they are still fascinating and well done. My 5 year old will endlessly explore and ask non-stop questions, which I'm happy to answer simply by reading the great information cards supplied by the curators. The butterfly exhibit is a must see.
  • One of the best natural history museums in the nation hands down! Oh and it's free... Their butterfly exhibit is definitely a must, but all the other exhibits including the fossil one are also really amazing and informative.. It's well organized, it took me four hours to go through the whole museum.
  • On the grounds of the University of Florida in Gainesville is one of the finest museums of Natural History in the South. It is free for the main area but there is a fee for the special exhibitions. Inside are some incredible exhibits ranging from millions of years ago when Florida was the bottom of the sea. At the time of this writing, they had a special exhibit of a Spanish colony. My favorite exhibits were the ones showing the native people who lived here. They are extremely lifelike and well worth a visit. Don't miss the bats. It's only a small display but worth seeing. Overall, this is an amazing place and I love to visit it every time I'm in Gainesville. There is always something new to see. A great place for a family outing.
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