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Florida Museum of Natural History

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3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
+1 352-846-2000
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Great for all ages!

Excellent museum for all ages. Interactive exhibits make it fun. Not only visual but informative... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sherri H
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Gainesville, Florida
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This is an excellent museum for young and old. Exhibits are very well presented and explained... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Deb S
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Powell Hall is the Museum’s main Education and Exhibition Center. Open to the public continuously since January 1998, this facility houses exhibits and public education programs. It is located between the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the UF Cultural Plaza at 3215 Hull Road, just east of Southwest 34th Street on the western edge of the University of Florida campus. Visitors to Powell Hall will encounter exciting temporary exhibits and signature permanent exhibition halls that explore the state’s unique habitats and rich cultural history, including information about some of Florida's early Native peoples. Visitors may view a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony and mammoth and mastodon skeletons from the last ice age. Visitors to age 8 and their caregivers will also love the new Discovery Zone hands-on exploration area that opened in 2017.
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3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent museum for all ages. Interactive exhibits make it fun. Not only visual but informative. Have been many times over the years and there is always something new and innovative.

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

Hello Sherri H, Thanks for the review and compliments. We’re glad to hear you enjoy the Florida Museum and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent museum for young and old. Exhibits are very well presented and explained. Technology adds to fascinating information and enjoyment. There is a kids' discovery area in addition to regular exhibits. The butterfly garden is amazing.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a crown jewel of natural science museums! State of the art, informative docents and incredible research on butterflies! Very impressive!

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello EALGator, Thanks so much for the review and compliments. They are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Spent a ton of time in the butterfly gardens. They were gorgeous! There were so many different species from places across the world, and it was jaw dropping to see them all in one place. Amazing! They had a huge room full of skeletons. Perfect...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Hello Little_Cosmo, Thanks for your review and kind words. We’re glad you enjoyed your time at the Florida Museum of Natural History and hope you have an opportunity to visit again soon. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Would 100% recommend to anyone passing through the gainesville area to check this little gem out. Tons of really interesting exhibitions.

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hi Sergio M, Thanks for the kind words and we hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 9 May 2018

This is a great museum, especially for families with school age children. Plenty of opportunity to explore. Does a wonderful job of engaging young learners. Several informative exhibits recreating the history and uniqueness of Florida. There’s a beautiful interactive butterfly garden, and often special exhibits...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Hello B2177UVgaryb, Thank you for the thoughtful review and compliments. We greatly appreciate it and are happy to hear you enjoy the Florida Museum! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

If you are traveling to Gainesville you must make a visit to this museum and especially the Butterfly Rain Forest attached to it. You will feel immersed in a tropical rain forest and you will be surrounded by the most colorful of butterflies. You can...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hi caribbeansam, Thanks so much for the compliments and we’re glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Hands on Children Centered Areas, Butterflies and a Beautiful Garden. It is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family.

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Hello LezaMueller, Thank you for your review and compliments. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 24 April 2018 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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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello MikeP1515, Thanks for taking the time to share your comments, and we appreciate your kind words. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 23 April 2018

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

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Florida Museum of Natural History, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

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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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
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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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