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NameFlorida Museum of Natural History
Address3215 Hull Road
UF Cultural Plaza
Gainesville, FL 32611
Brief DescriptionThe state of Florida's official natural history museum.
DescriptionChartered by the Florida Legislature in 1917, the Florida Museum of Natural History serves as the state’s official natural history museum. It is the largest collections-based natural history museum in the Southeast, with one of the nation’s largest natural history collections. Some of the Museum's permanent exhibits include:
· "Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land," an exhibit where guests will learn about Florida’s geologic and environmental changes over the past 65 million years, and the fossils that give insight to the plants and animals that have made their home here.
· "South Florida People & Environments" explains the story of native people in South Florida and the environments that have supported them for thousands of years. Visitors can walk along a boardwalk through a mangrove forest, travel underwater to view larger-than-life marine creatures, visit the house of a Calusa leader and much more.
· "Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife" displays a full-size replica of a North Florida limestone cave and educates visitors about the amazing diversity of Florida’s panhandle, the most biologically rich region of the state.
· The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and the "Butterfly Rainforest" exhibit bring visitors face-to-face with hundreds of living butterflies. The 6,400-square-foot "Butterfly Rainforest" includes tropical plants and trees, waterfalls and a walking trail. Guests also can view thousands of Lepidoptera specimens on the “Wall of Wings” and learn about butterfly and moth biology. The McGuire Center houses one of the world's largest collections of butterflies and moths, and is the world's largest Lepidoptera research facility.
· The museum also produces and hosts traveling exhibits, and presents adult and children’s classes, group tours and special events.
Phone 1(352) 846-2000
Handicapped AccessibleYes
CostMuseum: FREE; Butterfly Rainforest: See website
HoursMonday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m.
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Last Updated8/2/2016
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