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Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville
(4.8/5 based on 600+ 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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  • This is a family favorite. Several members are UF grads and we have family in the area. So, we visit every few years when we are in Gainesville. Do yourself a favor and put this on your itinerary. 
  • You will see a diversity of butterflies in this museum, both live and sample. There is always some event going on, but you need to pay extra to visit. The track for Florida history is also educational...  more »
  • Very structured Museum and care, even with free admission. At the exit of the Museum has a small shop with various interesting products, all related to science.
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  • The Butterfly Rainforest is the best. So is the native garden out back. And the Florida Cave!
  • 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.
  • We headed over to participate in the butterfly fest hosted by the museum of history and science. They had plenty to do and see and the hours just flew by. They had plenty of info posted online as well as volunteers to tell you anything you'd like to know.
  • 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.