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Florida Museum of Natural History

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3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
+1 352-846-2000
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Amazing specimens

This museum has a lot to see. The exhibit on the natural history of Florida was my favorite. They... read more

Reviewed yesterday
MikeP1515
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Wonderful attraction!

Finally made it the Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest. I spent several... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
ginniedroz
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Lady Lake, Florida
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Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“all ages” (61 reviews)
“discovery room” (12 reviews)
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3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
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"butterfly exhibit"
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"all ages"
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"discovery room"
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"wicked plants"
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"traveling exhibit"
in 9 reviews
"native americans"
in 11 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 16 reviews
"special exhibit"
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"free admission"
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"whole family"
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"on display"
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"great for kids"
in 12 reviews
"couple of hours"
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"live butterflies"
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"two hours"
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"gift shop"
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"museum of natural history"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This museum has a lot to see. The exhibit on the natural history of Florida was my favorite. They had a mammoth, mastodon, and giant sloth skeleton. All very impressive. The museum also had detailed info panels on each exhibit which I enjoyed. The museum...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Finally made it the Florida Museum of Natural History and Butterfly Rainforest. I spent several hours between the two places. We always had wanted to stop and see the butterflies. Did this first -- Beautiful arboretum. The butterflies are free and fly all around you....More

Thank ginniedroz
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello ginniedroz, Thank you for taking the time to review and for the compliments. The best time to capture a photograph of a Blue Morpho (or any butterfly) sitting still with open wings is during the fall, winter or early spring on a sunny day...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in about an hour before they were scheduled to close. They had quite a bit of good information and exhibits regarding Florida Natural History. The butterflies were a lot of fun too!

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy the museum and return periodically to spend a couple of hours enjoying the exhibits - fossils, early people of the area, butterfly exhibits (free and apart from the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit), FL waterways and wildlife... So much to see.

Thank SUZANNE T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fine museum for a small city. It cannot compare to the big city museums if that is what you are used to, but a fine place to spend a couple of hours. It usually has a visiting featured display along with the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hadn't visited this museum in more than 20 years and I was pleased and disappointed at the same time. I primarily was interested in viewing the recreated murals of Bonampak. I remember this from years ago as being a true replica of the famous...More

Thank TBMutiny
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed visiting the museum. Very nice particularly for kids. Butterflies particularly interesting. Be sure to go next door to the art museum for the cafe located there.

Thank KBM212
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Butterfly Rainforest and scientific viewing area of the Rearing Lab were the highlight of our trip to the museum. We stayed so long at the butterfly exhibit that we only partially saw the museum. Will come back again to see more and to revisit...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first glance, the Butterfly area is not that large. However, just stop & look around - you'll be amazed at what is crammed into this space! A great variety of plants & butterflies, with some birds thrown in for good measure.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Would be a great stop for younger children, we went through it very quickly. It was good, but was hoping for more. Would be great for families!

Thank Jayne D
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Lilokinsey
30 November 2016|
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Response from Ben_Theretoo406 | Reviewed this property |
This is a little bit complicated. I will summarize it, and tell you how to access the museum website. General admission is free, although the university suggests an entirely voluntary donation of $6 for adults, $4 for... More
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staysinhotel
4 June 2016|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for the question. As you stated, everyone goes at a different pace. If experiencing the entire Museum, including the free permanent exhibits, as well as the featured exhibit (currently "Wicked Plants") and... More
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Laura B
9 September 2015|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hello, Yes, there are handicapped spaces just north of the Florida Museum front doors, as well as additional spots just past the parking attendant booth. After pulling into the parking lot, go straight past the parking... More
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