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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  • This was our first trip and I am glad we decided to go. There is no admission price but you can give a donation which helps keep such a beautiful place running. They have tons of exhibits some which a...  more »
  • The FMNH is currently hosting two poop-themed exhibits - The "Scoop on Poop" and fossilized poop from the Poozeum. The displays are fascinating, interactive, and fun! I thoroughly enjoyed playing the ...  more »
  • Stopped to check out butterfly section, smaller area with a few birds, butterflies, Stream with fish. Indoor area very nice with emerging butterflies.  more »
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  • I have visited this place since I was a little kid...spent summers there as a volunteer, etc. Love it! The butterfly rain forest is great, but not always worth the money if you have small children who won't want to spend much time in there. Visit the free exhibits with them!
  • The main museum is FREE. I really enjoyed the displays. Spent probably 2 hours there. I understand the butterfly pavilion costs some extra, but they happened to be closed when I got there because of a rare freeze that made them scramble to protect the butterflies. Oh, and there are 2 electric vehicle charge stations in the parking garage and I was told you don't need a university parking pass to use them.
  • This place is simply magical. I can’t get enough of the exhibits and the way everything is laid out. I absolutely had a blast in the Butterfly Rainforest and got some stunning pics throughout.
  • I have visited the museum at least 15 times over the years and every time I go i find something new and fascinating. The butterfly rain forest is exquisite unless it is very cold or raining hard ... when the butterflies and birds are hiding.
  • There is always something fresh and interesting to see here with special events in collections being featured multiple times a year it is the gateway to the Natural History of Central and Northern Florida and well will taking the time to go and see. No special reservations on needed during normal business hours however if you are attending one of the special events you will need to purchase tickets in advance
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