Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

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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. To visit Florida Museum of Natural History and other attractions in Gainesville, use our Gainesville trip planner.
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  • I recently visited for the full experience. There really are many nice aspects about this place. Particularly the Butterfly Sanctuary. Yet, there were a few glaring issues, as well. Primarily, far... 
    I recently visited for the full experience. There really are many nice aspects about this place. Particularly the Butterfly Sanctuary. Yet, there were a few glaring issues, as well. Primarily, far...  more »
  • There were lots of interesting skeletons and mock ups. I definitely learned about Florida wildlife of the past. We really enjoyed hearing from the staff preparing fossils in the fossil exhibit too! 
    There were lots of interesting skeletons and mock ups. I definitely learned about Florida wildlife of the past. We really enjoyed hearing from the staff preparing fossils in the fossil exhibit too!  more »
  • From the interactive video in the lobby to the huge animal skeletons and native American displays, this is worth the trip! 
    From the interactive video in the lobby to the huge animal skeletons and native American displays, this is worth the trip!  more »
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  • Not too expensive, great for kids with a variety of exhibits and rotating displays. The staff were friendly and helpful during our lost-child incident. They had a very interesting display of fossils, presented in a timeline of ancient Florida. They also had a great area for young children, including those with sensitivities. Highly recommended.
  • I absolutely LOVE this museum! It definitely is a must-do in Gainesville. I have visited over 10+ times and I have a wonderful experience each time. The exhibits are interesting, captivating, and very informative. I love the limited time exhibits they offer. They will often include hands-on and interactive displays, which is fun for kids and adults! The discovery zone is also super hands-on and interesting. The butterfly garden is absolutely beautiful and an experience I recommend for everyone.The museum also has a great gift shop! Don't miss out on this outstanding museum!
  • I brought four of my little ones my wife and brother in-law to visit this gem, the kids where completely blown away and had smiles from ear to ear the whole time we were there. The wife loved many parts of the visit as did the brother in-law. I have been to quiet a few museums in my life time and this one was very well laid out and was not to long or to short it was just right the facility was clean and had ample parking over all it was a very pleasant family outing and we thank you for your work and dedication to supplying our youth and even our adults with the beauty and history you elegantly laid out for our viewing pleasure can't wait to see how you change things around with new exhibits in the future
  • What a wonderful museum and tip of the hat to FL! Butterfly garden is a must IMO if you like butterflies. The museum has the largest specimen collection of butterfliesand moths in the world at over 9 million specimens! The temporary Fossil exhibit they have on display for a limited time is amazing. The kids were able to get hands on, not only in the discovery center, but also helping to glue together and label fossils before they are cataloged in the national database. We will be back. The.food at the Cafe next door was great and reasonably priced!
  • This museum is great! I'm a Florida native and very passionate about the states wildlife, and their collections are very diverse and informative. So many cool fossils, specimens, and exhibits on the flora and fauna of the state. Their traveling exhibits are always super interesting as well, most recently I saw the dinosaur egg exhibit, which had ton of interesting info and reproductions for both kids and adults. I definitely recommend this place, especially for return visits, because there's just so much to see!

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