Florida Museum of Natural History

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Florida Museum of Natural History

Florida Museum of Natural History
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
13:00 - 17:00
About
**The Florida Museum is open to the public. To ensure a safe environment for all visitors, the Museum has limited entry and masks are recommended.** Open to the public continuously since January 1998, Powell Hall houses exhibits and public education programs. It is located between the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the UF Cultural Plaza at 3215 Hull Road, just east of Southwest 34th Street on the western edge of the University of Florida campus. Visitors to Powell Hall will encounter exciting featured exhibits and signature permanent exhibition halls that explore the state’s unique habitats and rich cultural history, including information about some of Florida's early Native peoples. Visitors may view a Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony and mammoth and mastodon skeletons from the last ice age.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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pcjoan
Palm Coast, fl8 contributions
A fun couple of hours
Jul 2021
Had been here several years ago and enjoyed it yet again. So many kids there having a wonderful time. Lots of interesting things to adults to learn about Florida.
Written 25 July 2021
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Lovewins247
Clermont, FL3 contributions
1-2 hrs of fun.
Jun 2021 • Family
Kids had a Blast. Would have been better to just pay 1 admission fee and see everything vs having to pay for things al la cart.
Written 8 June 2021
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floridamuseum
Glad to hear your family enjoyed your visit! We appreciate the feedback, the general museum is free but there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest and temporary Special Exhibits. We have a Best Value option for guests at the front desk which grants admission to both exhibits. Thanks and hope you visit us again soon!
Written 9 June 2021
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hoonga0
Tampa, FL13 contributions
GREAT free museum
May 2021 • Couples
Good
-Free admission, so an excellent way to spend at least an hour or two
-Exhibits were all well-kept, and reasonably interactive and immersive, even with the pandemic
-Ample parking, on reasonably-sized spaces
-Very informative and educational
-Good immersive experiences, such as the "see underwater as a small fish" exhibit, which was unique

Not so good
-Nothing too serious
-I researched them online and was looking forward to the exhibit on plastics, so was a little disappointed in that the "exhibit" was no more than a few placards along one wall in the entrance lobby of the museum. As I was impressed with the other real exhibits, this didn't take much away from it.
-Would have liked more specimens, but appreciated all the info about the natural history of Florida

Overall, I would definitely recommend the museum to anyone, even if they charged <$10 for admission. I would question whether it was worth more than that.
Written 31 May 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope you visit us again.
Written 9 July 2021
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Jim
3 contributions
A Great Local Museum
May 2021
A perfect way to spend part of your day. Cool history and a friendly staff. I would plan to spend about 1-2 hours.
Written 26 May 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your review, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon!
Written 9 June 2021
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eyesbblue
Virginia541 contributions
Excellent and Interesting Museum
May 2021
You could spend all day but just an hour or so is valuable. The information on the native peoples was nicely done and informative,
Written 10 May 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much! We are glad you found our exhibits to be informative, hope you come visit us again!
Written 24 May 2021
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Ivy-Ripley
Riverview, FL300 contributions
Must Do
May 2021
This is such a gem! We took our six year old daughter, and she loved it as much as we did. We were a little disappointed that the children's area was closed, but it was completely understandable with Covid. Staff was super friendly and helpful, especially Sid (I think that was his name). He told us to take a photo under the mammoth tusks because they make the shape of a heart.

The exhibits were amazing and super informative. Please follow the directions of entrance because walking into the bone room was breathtaking.

This is a must do and being free made it all the better!
Written 4 May 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much! We are glad you all enjoyed your visit and appreciate your understanding. Hope you come visit us again!
Written 6 May 2021
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readany
Richmond, VA18 contributions
Very effective museum
Apr 2021 • Couples
Loved the mammoth bones. Well-done exhibits with professional dioramas. Good explanations of exhibits. Enjoyed. Children were excited! Wheelchairs available which helped me a lot!! Worthwhile time spent.
Written 20 April 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your feedback, we're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and glad that the wheelchairs were useful to you. Hope you come back again!
Written 6 May 2021
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Sydelle5
Homosassa, FL7 contributions
Family Visit
Apr 2021
Many interesting displays, fun for almost every age. Clean ,friendly environment . Extremely educational, we learn something new every time we are there.
Written 16 April 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you so much! We are glad you all enjoyed your visit and hope you come visit us again!
Written 6 May 2021
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LPLoveToTravel
Ocala, FL1,505 contributions
Excellent Natural History Museum
Apr 2021
We only touched on the surface of the museum, but will be back! We brought relatives who were visiting and we all loved it. The children especially loved the fossils.
Written 9 April 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for your feedback, glad to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit! We hope you visit us again!
Written 12 April 2021
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David K
Jacksonville, FL14 contributions
Worth the visit
Mar 2021
My wife and I had heard how incredible the butterfly exhibit was, so we stopped by. We were not disappointed. The other parts of the museum are excellent too. There is a charge to visit the butterfly exhibit, but the natural history portions of the museum are free. The butterfly exhibit was worth the price of admission. I had no idea how many types of butterflies there were. We are used to seeing a couple of garden variety butterflies around our home, but to see all of these different butterflies with their various colors was amazing. Lot of great information to read about the migration habits, etc. Some great exhibits in the Natural History Museum and I wish we had more time. Don't let that 15 foot tall giant sloth, that used to roam Florida, scare you! Lot of great information about the Calusa Indians that I had forgotten from my school days.
Written 2 April 2021
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floridamuseum
Thank you for the feedback, so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience and hope you visit us again.
Written 8 April 2021
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Florida Museum of Natural History is open:
  • Sun - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00


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