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Florida Museum of Natural History

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Address: 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611-2062
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10:00 - 17:00
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Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the...

Native American and natural history exhibits in this museum at the University of Florida.

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The museum was free and it was so surprising because it was so big and so much to see , having to pay to go into the butterfly rainforest next door made it worth it because I... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2016
Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

The museum was free and it was so surprising because it was so big and so much to see , having to pay to go into the butterfly rainforest next door made it worth it because I enjoyed the museum which is attached much more

1 Thank SindyOb
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

A very approachable museum, good for families, good variety of content. The Butterfly Pavillion is beautifully done, a landscape delight, close up and personal with butterflies. Great experience. Can't wait to take my granddaughter.

Thank Lynn S
Columbia, Alabama
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2016

Enjoyed the butterfly presentation and the traveling exhibit. Overall, a well spent afternoon touring.

Thank pdelliott
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

I absolutely love this museum. The upgrades are wonderful and the roaming exhibits are so much fun for all ages.

Thank aceswife74
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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231 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Over the years, we have spent a lot of time in Florida and feel well acquainted with the State but here at the museum we learned so much more. Well presented.

Thank Rt66tbird
Gainesville, Florida
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Take the kids (or Grand kids in our case) it is very educational, interesting and fun. Gives a much better story of FL than road side tourist traps.

1 Thank lmo559
Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2016

This museum may not be the largest in overall area, but the excellent quality and educational content of the exhibits makes up for the smaller size. My grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Thank labean2015
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7 reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Great venue for adults and kids. Varied and interesting displays. Changing displays so you can go more often! Good parking, good restaurants nearby

Thank Barbara W
Kampala, Kampala, Uganda
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

The Museum has amazing insights into the history of Gainsville, its Apachuan Indian Heritage, the different vegetation and fauna, the geological features of the land including the marshes for bird watchers and the caves full of interesting animals. It is a magical place for the whole family.There is a whole section dedicated to the Ice Age with Mammoth and dinosaur... More 

Thank Pheona W
Tampa, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

A little known secret destination in central Florida, this museum is rated one of the best natural history museums in the USA and it didn't disappoint. It covers millions of years of Florida history -- geology, plants, humans and animals -- in an entertaining and educational way. Huge man-sized shark jaws, mastodons, 8 ft. long bear dogs, dioramas of Fl... More 

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