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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  • From the interactive video in the lobby to the huge animal skeletons and native American displays, this is worth the trip! 
    From the interactive video in the lobby to the huge animal skeletons and native American displays, this is worth the trip!  more »
  • The Florida Museum of Natural History is a great place to explore. There is so much to see, read, and absorb. My husband and I spent over 4 hours and probably could have stayed longer. The featured....  more
    The Florida Museum of Natural History is a great place to explore. There is so much to see, read, and absorb. My husband and I spent over 4 hours and probably could have stayed longer. The featured....  more »
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  • Not too expensive, great for kids with a variety of exhibits and rotating displays. The staff were friendly and helpful during our lost-child incident. They had a very interesting display of fossils, presented in a timeline of ancient Florida. They also had a great area for young children, including those with sensitivities. Highly recommended.
  • I absolutely LOVE this museum! It definitely is a must-do in Gainesville. I have visited over 10+ times and I have a wonderful experience each time. The exhibits are interesting, captivating, and very informative. I love the limited time exhibits they offer. They will often include hands-on and interactive displays, which is fun for kids and adults! The discovery zone is also super hands-on and interesting. The butterfly garden is absolutely beautiful and an experience I recommend for everyone.The museum also has a great gift shop! Don't miss out on this outstanding museum!

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