Florida Museum of Natural History

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Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville, FL 32611

Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums with more than 34 million specimens, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

Visitors in front of mammoth

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To assist educators planning a trip to the Museum, guides for permanent and temporary exhibits are available. There are other classroom learning resources on the Museum’s website, including databases of specimens and artifacts in the Florida Museum’s collections, images, audio and video recordings, and much more.

You can also move the educational power of the Museum into your classroom with collections assembled in our Inquiry Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Guided School Programs

Guided school program in South Florida hall

Join our museum docents for hands-on classroom activities and interactive walks through our state-of-the-art exhibits and outdoor natural areas!

  • Designed for grades K-8
  • 1 or 2 hour programs available
  • Individualized to provide age-appropriate activities
  • Meet Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
  • Larger groups may schedule two separate calendar dates if necessary

Indoor Program Options

NEW! Museum Explorations
NEW! Museum and Butterfly Rainforest Explorations
NEW! Museum Explorations and Surfing Florida and Surf Science
Butterfly and Moth Explorations
Fossils – No Bones About It!
Trails in Time – Florida’s Early Native Peoples

Outdoor Program Options

  • 10-40 students per program.
  • Groups over 40 may schedule two or more calendar dates for the same program. Separate online reservation forms must be completed for each calendar date.

Nature Detectives

Program Fees and Times for Guided Programs

Program Availability Capacity* Times Student Rate Free Chaperones Additional Chaperones
NEW! Museum Explorations Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-60*** 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
NEW! Museum & Butterfly Rainforest Explorations1 Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-60** 10-12:15
(includes lunch break)
$8 One free per 10 students $8
NEW! Museum Explorations & Surfing Florida1 Oct. 1-Jan 17
Tue-Fri
10-120 10-12:15
(includes lunch break)
$6 One free per 10 students $6
Butterfly & Moth Explorations1 Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$5 One free per 10 students $8
Fossils – No Bones About It! Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
Nature Detectives Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-40 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3
Trails in Time – Florida’s Early Native Peoples Oct. 1-May 23
Tue-Fri
10-120* 10
11:15
$3 One free per 10 students $3

1 The fee for these programs includes admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and/or Surfing Florida exhibits.

*** Groups exceeding 60 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program or schedule to self-guide the Butterfly Rainforest or self-guide Surfing Florida.

** Groups exceeding 60 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program.

Groups 61 – 120 may participate in both program times with students divided into two groups and groups exceeding 120 may schedule two or more calendar dates for this program or choose to self-guide. Separate online forms must be completed for each calendar date.

Self-Guided School Group Visits

School children looking though Fossil Hall jaw case

Self-guided visits are suitable for any school groups that prefer to visit the Museum without the benefit of docents or staff. Reservationsare required for all self-guided visits of 10 or more students to ensure a positive experience for your group.

A staff member will greet your group and facilitate check-in. After that, your group leaders are entirely responsible for the educational experience of the students.

Exhibit & Educator Guides are available for each of the permanent exhibits and many of the temporary exhibits. They contain information about the exhibits, discussion questions, classroom activities and related resources.

Reservations

Complete the Online Reservation Form to schedule a self-guided visit.

If you have questions, contact the Group Sales Coordinator, reservations@flmnh.ufl.edu, or 352-273-2027.

Admission (10 or more students)

Free admission* to all exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest and Surfing Florida: A Photographic History and Surf Science: Waves and Wildlife. Groups can visit multiple exhibits in one day.

Exhibit Dates Student Rate Free Chaperones Additional Chaperones
Butterfly Rainforest Year Round $4 One free per 10 students $7
Surfing Florida Sept. 3, 2013-
Jan. 17, 2014
$3 One free per 10 students $3

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Outreach Programs at Florida Museum of Natural History (All Grades)

Bring the Museum to your classroom!

The Florida Museum of Natural History currently offers five Inquiry Box outreach programs for use in the classroom. A free 45-minute educational program using artifacts and natural history objects is delivered by museum staff or volunteers to enhance science and social studies lessons or Museum field trips.

Download Inquiry Boxes Flier

Inquiry Boxes may be kept in your classroom for two (2) weeks at a cost of $25/box, allowing students to further examine the hands-on items and other materials included in the box. Teachers will be responsible for returning the Inquiry Boxes to the Museum.

To reserve an Inquiry Box and presentation, please email carlislej@flmnh.ufl.edu or call 352-273-2026.

Outreach programs Available

Florida’s Butterflies & Moths

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-4th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and moths.
  • Learn how butterflies and moths are similar and different.
  • Examine actual moths and butterflies found in Florida and discuss sizes, colors, and body parts.
  • Gain a better understanding of how important camouflage and adaptation methods are for survival.
  • Understand that Lepidoptera have scales covering their wings.
  • Experience how Lepidoptera see with their compound eyes.

The Florida’s Butterflies and Moths Inquiry Box (a large plum duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Butterflies and Moths

Each shared box contains:

  • One clear plastic box containing 1 of 4 Florida butterflies
  • One box containing 1 of 3 Florida moths
  • Packet of cards for identifying the above (Within the 14 boxes, there are 7 different Florida moths and butterflies.)
  • 2 magnifying glasses
  • 2 eyepiece teleidoscopes
  • Packet of plastic life cycle parts
  • Butterfly finger puppet
  • This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Educators’ Guide & Recommended Reading

 

Florida’s Reptiles & Amphibians

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-3rd grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the great variety of reptiles and amphibians that make their home in Florida: crocodilians, snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders.
  • Learn how reptiles and amphibians are the same and how they are different.
  • Hold a snake shed and learn why and how snakes shed their skin.
  • Learn what a tadpole is and how it is part of the transformation from egg to frog through the process called metamorphosis.
  • Discover the difference between warm blooded and cold blooded animals by using a simple thermometer.

The Florida’s Reptiles and Amphibian Inquiry Box (2 green suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, 6 replicas, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - Reptiles & Amphibians

Each box contains:

  • Envelope A contains a real snake shed
  • Envelope B has a hands on camouflage activity
  • Envelope C contains a flat thermometer
  • Envelope D contains 6 frog metamorphosis cards
  • 2 sock puppets
  • Replica of a snapping turtle

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Florida’s Seminole People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to K-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Learn about the way of life of the Seminole people of Florida, both today and when the word Seminole first came into use.
  • Explore customs, clothing, food sources, housing, economics and government as a way to learn about these early Floridians.
  • Find out how adaptability and resourcefulness have led to the survival of the Seminole culture, after only a few Seminole escaped attempts at deportation.
  • Try on a Seminole vest or skirt and learn how the sewing machine changed the traditional clothing.

Inquiry Box contents - Florida's Seminole People

The Florida’s Seminole Peoples Inquiry Box (a black suitcase) contains books, (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated pictures and teaching aids, replicas, sweetgrass basket, Seminole doll, patchwork samples, a vest and/or skirt, and more. There is a teacher’s guide which includes a suggested approach sheet. There are many hands-on articles along with a bingo-type game.

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

 Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Northern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Investigate the lives of Florida’s early native peoples from the hunting-and-gathering Paleoindians to the farming Apalachee and Timucuan peoples.
  • Learn about their culture, community, clothing, games, houses, tools, food and trade items.
  • Find out how life changed in Florida after the arrival of European explorers.
  • Hold and explore replicas and ancient artifacts.

The Florida’s Northern Early Native People Inquiry Box (2 large royal blue suitcases) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - North Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Celt
  • Chunky stone
  • Owl totem replica
  • Food packet (corn kernel, pumpkin seeds, dried bean, jerky, seashell, sunflower seed, peach pit, fish bones, acorns, shark tooth, and peas)
  • Trade bag (bell, glass beads, jewelry, mica, potsherd, quartzite, seashells, shark tooth, and string)
  • 2 pieces of terra cotta clay
  • Packet with fibers for cord making

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

Southern Florida’s Early Native People

Suitable for: All ages but geared to 3rd-5th grade

Participants will:

  • Discover the people who inhabited South Florida, descendants of the Paleoindians and Archaic people who came to Florida thousands of years ago.
  • See replicas of early Indian crafts – a wooden Ivory Billed Woodpecker plaque, a mask, a hammer, a scoop and the feline statue.
  • Find out what middens (old trash heaps) tell us about diet, culture, and climate.
  • Learn how the early people made cord and rope.
  • Read a translation from Spanish records about the Calusa.
  • Handle ancient tool artifacts – points, knives, drills, and scrapers.

The Southern Florida Early Native People Inquiry Box (a large red suitcase and a small red duffle bag) contains books (both fiction and nonfiction), a video, word cards, laminated teaching aids, replicas, artifacts, a timeline, a game, a sorting tray and a teacher’s guide (including a suggested approach sheet). This Inquiry Box features 14 shared boxes, each designed to be explored by 1-3 students.

Inquiry Box contents - South Florida Early Native People

Each shared box contains:

  • Sealed packet of 1000+ year old midden
  • Packet fishing gear – hook, net, net gauge, and illustration
  • Packet containing artifacts of tools with identification cards
  • Packet of fiber from which to make cord
  • Replica of the famous feline

This Inquiry Box was designed using the Sunshine State Standards and is intended to enhance FCAT preparation.

Teacher’s Guide to Florida’s Native People

This teacher’s guide may be used for Inquiry Box presentations, Inquiry Box loans and museum visits. The guide contains information on Florida’s Indian people, information on associated subjects and related fields of study, vocabulary and suggested activities. All activities are designed to integrate social studies, language arts, math and science in a unified learning experience. Permission is granted to reproduce the information and activities for student and teacher use. All guides are in PDF format.

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Additional Information

General Information for Groups

Visiting on a Budget?

General admission to most of the Museum’s permanent exhibits is free.

Value tickets are available providing discounted admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and current temporary exhibition.

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Florida Museum of History Admission

General Admission is free, although donations are gladly accepted. There is a cover charge for special exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

All prices subject to change.

We accept cash, Travelers Checks, American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

All tickets are for that day only. Re-entry with ticket stub, wristband or hand stamp.

Butterfly Rainforest is an outdoor exhibit. NO REFUNDS for inclement weather.

The Florida Museum’s Admission Assistance Program provides financial assistance to economically disadvantaged school children, other individuals and community groups. For more information, please call 352-273-2027.

Students who receive an ‘A’ or ‘E’ grade in science can provide their most recent report card at the front desk and receive a free admission with the purchase of a paid adult admission. The offer is valid for the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, the temporary exhibit, when available, or a value admission for both exhibits.

General Public

Regular Prices

Permanent

Exhibits*

Butterfly

Rainforest

Temporary

Exhibit

Best Value!

SEE BOTH

Butterfly Rainforest +

Temporary Exhibit

Adult Free $10.50 $5 $13
Child Ages 3-17 Free $6 $4 $9
Discounted Prices**
Florida Resident w/ID Free $9 $4.50 $12
Senior 62+ w/ID Free $9 $4.50 $12
College Student w/ID, FL schools only Free $9 $4.50 $12
ASTC Passport Members w/Card Free $8 Free $8
Museum Members w/Card Free Free Free Free

Florida Museum of History Hours

The Museum is open all year, seven days a week except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please note: Last tickets sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

  • Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday 1-5 p.m.
  • Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

Parking

Reserved parking for Museum visitors – excluding University of Florida holidays – is $4 per day (cash only), 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please see attendant in gated booth. Parking is free on weekends and state and university holidays.

To avoid receiving a ticket, visitors should park only in designated areas on weekdays excluding holidays, even if there are open spaces in the large adjacent parking lot. UF Traffic and Parking enforces parking restrictions weekdays year-round.

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