Florida Museum of Natural History

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3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32611 3215 Hull Rd., Gainesville Directions
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Plan to spend a while. They have an amazing butterfly garden and insect display.
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Great buy for the price. Family, educational activity!
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We had a great time!
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This was great for the entire family. I have an 8 year old son & a 17 year Old daughter, it is hard to please both but the museum did
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The butterfly exhibit was the best, the whole family really enjoyed it. The museum was much more extensive then I expected. We had a great day!
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This was a great deal. I had folks coming in from out of town and used it to show off one of my favorite places in town.
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My kids and I enjoyed ourselves!
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Love the butterflies and the exhibits!
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Beautiful time to go to the butterfly museum... love the release of the butterflies. Really enjoyed Tinanoboa exhibit. Very engaging for the kids and adults.
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Great time to visit to catch both the butterly exhibit and Titanoboa. I learned that the butterfly exhibit is fully open even throughout the winter, at which time they advise photography is even better since the inhabitants are less active due to the cold.
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Standing still in a cloud of free-flying butterflies, exploring the depths of a limestone cave, and gazing at the 14-foot bones of a 16,000-year-old Columbian mammoth skeleton—visitors can do all of this in just one afternoon at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Since starting in 1891 as a professor’s teaching collection of fossils, minerals, and human anatomy models, the museum has transformed into the home of more than 40 million specimens, creating a library of life that features one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Reflecting the museum’s impressive collection of winged beauties, some of its exhibits focus on the butterflies and moths that, unlike humans, can survive long flights without eating a single package of peanuts. At the Butterfly Rainforest, more than 1,000 butterflies from 60 to 80 species take to the air among tropical trees, orchids, bromeliads, and waterfalls cascading into a pond that bustles with fish and turtles. Feeding stations with freshly cut fruit dot the 6,400-square-foot screened enclosure, letting guests get up close as the butterflies feast. Live butterfly releases daily at 2 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. let onlookers watch them fly into an outdoor butterfly rainforest, and among the indoor butterfly exhibits, curious audiences can peer into a rearing lab where staff unpack and sort newly arrived pupae.

Rounding out the museum’s focus on Floridian biosystems, the Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife exhibit invites visitors to wander through a full-scale recreation of a hammock forest, and the South Florida exhibit takes guests down the peninsula with a mangrove boardwalk and a palm-thatched Calusa leader’s house. The museum's internationally acclaimed fossil collection includes highlights such as "shark jaw row," extinction dioramas, and full skeletal mounts and sculptures. Meanwhile, outside, petals unfurl in the wildflower and butterfly garden.

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