FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY


The Florida Museum of Natural History is on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

It has one of the largest collections of natural history items in the United States.

Kids love it as well as adults. They are fascinated by the 14 foot tall skeleton of a mammoth, a prehistoric Jumbo.

The museum has become one of the most popular Florida tourist attractions even though Gainesville is away from the most populated areas of the state.

Florida Museum of Natural History Has A Bat Cave

Visitors also love the Florida cave that has been constructed in the museum. You'll love the bats in there.  Don't worry about them getting in your hair - they are not alive.

Or as Count Dracula might say, they are not undead.

Florida Museum of Natural History Mammoth

The Butterfly Rainforest in the museum charges an admission fee, but it is well worth it.  It is amazing having these beautiful little gentle creatures flying all around you.

The museum has the world's second largest lepidoptera collection.  Only the The Natural History Museum in London has more of the pretty little creatures.

Other large collections of interest include birds, fish, plants and thousands of images.

The  museum can occupy your time for days or weeks and you'll still find something new every time.

It definitely belongs on any list of major Florida tourist attractions.

ADMISSION FEES

Admission to the museum is free!

There is a cover charge for special exhibits and the ButterflyRainforest, and a small fee for reserved parking for museum visitors.  The reserved parking area is immediately east and north of the Harn Museum of Art in the UF Cultural Plaza. Please see attendant in the gated booth.

Parking is free on weekends and State holidays. Designated parking spaces are available for visitors with disabilities.

HOURS

Monday-Saturday:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday:  Noon - 5 p.m.

The museum is open all year, seven days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last tickets for the day are sold no less than 30 minutes prior to closing.

More information about special exhibits, displays and tours is available at the website of The Florida Museum of Natural History.


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ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS

SW 34th Street and Hull Road
University of Florida Campus
Gainesville, Florida 32611

From Interstate 75: Take exit 384 and travel 1 mile east on State Road 24 (Archer Road). Turn north (left) on State Road 121 (SW 34th Street). Travel 3/4 mile to the third traffic signal. Turn east (right) on Hull Road. The entrance to the University of Florida Cultural Plaza is on the south (right) side of Hull Road.

Much of the information in our website has been published in a series of Amazon Kindle books for each of Florida's eight geographical regions.

Florida Backroads Travel, a separate Kindle book, covers all of the regions of the state in one volume.

All books can be read on a computer, tablet, Kindle and most smart phones.

Click on the book cover for free previews of these books at Amazon.com.

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