Northeast Coast Sights

Florida Museum of Natural History

  • S.W. 34th St. at Hull Rd. Map It
  • Gainesville

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

On the campus of the University of Florida, the state's official museum of natural history and the largest natural history museum in the southeast has holdings of more than 40 million specimens of amphibians, birds, butterflies, fish, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, vertebrate and invertebrate fossils, recent and fossil plants, and archaeology and anthropology artifacts. It also holds one of the world's largest collections of butterflies and moths. Permanent exhibits include information on Florida's geological and fossil history, its early native peoples, and biodiversity of flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy live butterflies, witness a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave, and see fossil skeletons of a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age. The museum features changing temporary exhibits, and kids eight and under will love the interactive Discovery Room. Butterfly releases take place weekdays at 2, and weekends at 2, 3, and 4, weather permitting.

Sight Information


University of Florida Cultural Plaza, S.W. 34th St. at Hull Rd., Gainesville, Florida, 32611, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free; Butterfly Rainforest $13; parking $4

Published 07/06/2017


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