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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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Nice Free Museum

This is a small but excellent museum just off Archer Road in Gainesville. The exhibits are well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Great place for family fun-- for ALL ages and interests!!

Loved all the diversity in this museum!! Great Florida History exhibits-- especially about the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Farmville, Virginia
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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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“discovery room” (12 reviews)
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3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
+1 352-846-2000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small but excellent museum just off Archer Road in Gainesville. The exhibits are well done, cronichaling the history of the Florida peninsula. A world-class butterfly research center and exhibit is on-site but has an admission charge.

Thank bverbos
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved all the diversity in this museum!! Great Florida History exhibits-- especially about the Native Americans that were in Florida originally-- and died out or were run out!! Beautiful rendition of the Chief, his wife, his favorite sister, his chief military leader & his father--...More

Thank beebop2017
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi beebop2017, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed the Calusa leader's hut with King Carlos in the South Florida People & Environments permanent exhibit. That's definitely an often-mentioned visitor favorite. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is user-friendly from the moment you enter. There is nothing off-putting about anything here. It is an inviting and educational place for children of all ages. I loved it!

Thank Holly V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great exhibits that show the history of Florida including the indian culture and habitat. We spent a couple of hours here and really enjoyed it.

Thank LIer-Native
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A spectacular museum and wonderful store! It is top notch in every way. Great traveling exhibitions in addition to permanent ones, like the history of the Florida American Indians and the Butterfly garden and exhibitions. One can spend a peaceful afternoon on a weekday in...More

Thank Terri R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is celebrating its 100th Birthday with an exciting exhibit of the best of pieces from its vast collections from fossils to feathered headdresses. So much to see in the permanent exhibits as well as the brand new children’s discovery room. This is the...More

Thank SearlesGirl
Reviewed 20 October 2017

easy to find location, free entrance to the museum( pay for the butterfly rainforest) great dioramas on Florida history, flora and fauna that the kids love

Thank libragirl067
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Went to Gainesville for a Florida Gator football game that started at 7pm so this was a great way to pass the time in the morning before exploring the rest of the UF campus. Lots of exhibits, many of them interactive and highly recommended for...More

1  Thank JoeGator
Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Hi Joe Gator, Thank you for the comments and we're glad you were able to visit before the game. (Sounds like your visit may have been the highlight of the weekend?) ;) Hopefully the Gators can start putting up some W's, and we hope you...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Cute , compact museum but full of really interesting artifacts of Florida History , and it's free. The fossils and butterfly garden were the highlights for me . Worth checking out , really don't have anything to lose .

Thank Mandee S
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Based in Gainesville, FL, this compact museum provides a nice experience for young and old alike. Recent updates to their holdings include a whale skeleton that joins the ever present Mastodon and updated experiential exhibits that will be of interest to everyone. Also located in...More

Thank Gators-on-the-go
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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
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
Laura B
9 September 2015|
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