Sightseeing in Gainesville

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  • The Great Frame Up
    The Great Frame Up in Gainesville features a wide array of creative art pieces that tell a story. Whether you want mouth-watering food or great drinks, this museum has the restaurant just for you. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    4144 NW 16th Blvd
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
    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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    SW 34th St & Hull Rd
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Harn Museum of Art
    Thought it was opened just in 2012, the Harn Museum of Art's 26,000-square foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing has quite a bit of history on its hands. There are nearly 700 works on display, all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 2,000 pieces. Dating from the Neolithic period to today, the pieces hail from countries such as India, Persia, Vietnam, and Japan. Asian art makes up a quarter of the Harn's more than 10,000 works, which, along with travelling exhibitions, fill 32,800 square feet of gallery space. You’ll walk past African wooden masks, metalwork, and ceramics, as well as almost 1,000 modern prints, drawings, and paintings—including canvases by Claude Monet. Breaking the tradition of many art museums’ “Do not touch” signs, the Bishop Study Center has exhibit-related objects that can be gently touched, though you are not allowed to break apart any sculptures in search of hidden treasure maps. Beyond exhibits, the Harn hosts frequent events including lectures, film screenings, live performances, and interactive programs for students and families.
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    3259 Hull Rd.
    Gainesville, FL US
  • Ice House Studio
    Let your personal style shine in your home's interior with a few antique pieces from Ice House Studio in Mc Intosh. Art lovers looking to spice up their space flock to this store for a touch of beauty, charm, and one-of-a-kind artistry. You'll love the creative, handcrafted works of art this store offers. At Ice House Studio, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
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    Highway 441 & Avenue
    Mc Intosh, FL US
  • Two Tail Ranch
    Get acquainted with animals from all over the world with a trip to Two Tail Ranch in Williston. While you're enjoying this zoo, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal. With its kid-friendly vibe, this zoo is a great spot for families. Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    18655 Northeast 81st Street
    Williston, FL US
  • Matheson Museum
    Looking for a new date idea? Check out Matheson Museum in Gainesville and enjoy a peaceful night of art browsing. Matheson Museum is located near a parking lot, which many customers take advantage of.
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    513 E University Ave
    Gainesville, FL US

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