Florida Museum of Natural History

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3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL, United States

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

Visiting with Kids?

The Discovery Room has many fun, hands-on activities that foster critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

There are several kid-friendly exhibits with components to see and touch, including a limestone cave that invites exploration and collection drawers to open and examine.

Strollers are permitted in all Museum exhibits except the Butterfly Rainforest.

Save on admission with a Household Membership. Two adults and unlimited children ages 3-17 in the same household receive FREE admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and all temporary exhibits for one year, as well as other great benefits!

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.

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Birthday Parties at Florida Museum of Natural History (Parents and Families)

Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the Museum!

For your child’s next birthday, leave the party to us. The Museum offers a variety of party themes to suit your child’s age and interests. We provide the fun; you supply the kids. (ages 4-12) All parties include:

  • Museum party theme of your choice
  • A private decorated room
  • Birthday party leader
  • Theme-related exhibit tour, activities and crafts
  • Invitations
  • A goodie bag for each child
  • Plates, cups, napkins and utensils
  • Setup and cleanup

Birthday party fish and butterfly

Choose from the following party themes:

  • Ages 4-6: ButterfliesFossil HuntCave ExplorationsSomething Fishy
  • Ages 7-10: ButterfliesFossil HuntCave ExplorationsSomething Fishy
  • Ages 11-12: ButterfliesFossil HuntSomething Fishy

 

Prices

Birthday parties last two hours and are $225 for Museum Members and $250 for non-members for up to 10 children (birthday child is free). Additional children are $15 each, with a maximum of five.

Butterflies birthday parties cost an additional $50 for Butterfly Rainforest admission for 10 children and two adults (birthday child is FREE). Additional children are $19 each, with a maximum of five. Additional adult Butterfly Rainforest admissions are $9 each.

Reservations

Birthday party dates may be reserved up to three months in advance. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your day and time. A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of deposit.

Birthday parties are available the second week of August through the first week of June.

To make a reservation, use the form below or call 352-273-2061.

Reserve Your Party Date Online!

What dates and times are available?

Birthday parties are available the second week of August through the first week of June.

Saturdays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.

Sundays: 2-4 p.m.

How much do birthday parties cost?

Fossil HuntCave Explorations,Something Fishy Themes Members Non-members
1-10 children $225 $250
Each additional child $15 $15
Butterflies Theme * Members Non-members
1-10 children $275 $300
Each additional child $19 $19
Each additional adult $9 $9

A $50 deposit is required three weeks in advance to reserve your date and time. Payment in the form of cash, check (made payable to University of Florida), Visa, MasterCard or American Express is accepted. Full payment is due the day of the party. Your damage deposit will be refunded if no special cleaning is necessary and no damage is found after your party.

Butterflies party fees include Butterfly Rainforest admission for 10 children and two adults. Extra adult admissions to the Rainforest are the responsibility of the birthday party host. Refunds will not be given for weather-related cancellations.

Visit the Frequently Asked Section for More information

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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.

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Tickets and Admission
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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829 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL, United States 64.14 mi

Building on the community’s proud heritage, the Ritz is truly a Special Place, where history’s missing chapters are being restored, where talent is nurtured and creativity is celebrated.  It is a community gathering place where ideas are exchanged, information is disseminated and a roadmap for the future is developed.

Whether visiting the museum, attending a concert, viewing a film or listening to a lecture, the Ritz has a special energy that leaves you with a special feeling. There is always an exhibition, music, dance or the dramatic arts inside the Ritz that will enthrall, educate and entertain.

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YOU’RE INVITED TO VISIT THE RITZ THEATRE & MUSEUM!

Our permanent museum collection presents the history of Northeast Florida’s African American community, featuring a walk through old LaVilla and a dynamic multi-media display highlighting brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, Jacksonville native sons and composers of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”

The Museum Gallery showcases a variety of changing art exhibits throughout the year.

DOCENT GUIDED TOUR GROUPS

Guided tours are led by trained docents who will provide information about the exhibits featured in the museum.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Individuals and small groups can visit the museum without a guide at the discretion of museum staff.

SCHEDULING A GUIDED TOUR

To schedule a guided tour, please call (904) 632-5555 ext. 228 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The following information is needed: school or group name, address and telephone number; contact person’s name; preferred tour date and time; grade level and number of students and chaperones.  The museum can accommodate 50 guests at one time.  This number includes chaperones accompanying student groups.  YOU MUST RECEIVE A WRITTEN CONFIRMATION OF YOUR DATE BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.  Please notify the Ritz Theatre & Museum of any cancellations at least 48 hours (2 days) prior to the tour date.  Tours may be rescheduled if space is available.  PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL AS THE MUSEUM TOUR SCHEDULE IS VERY BUSY.  LATE ARRIVAL MAY RESULT IN CANCELLATION.  THE MUSEUM CANNOT ACCOMMODATE GROUPS OF UNSCHEDULED VISITORS.

ENTRANCE FEES:

(EXCEPT FOR SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS)

Adults (18-64) $8.00; Children (4-17) $5.00; Senior Citizens (65 and older) $5.00; Children (3 and under free)

 

PARKING:

After unloading visitors at the main entrance, buses should proceed to the church parking lot on Davis Street across the street from the theatre.  VISITORS MUST BE DROPPED OFF IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO ENSURE GUEST SAFETY.

MUSEUM MANNERS

The Ritz Theatre & Museum is a repository of many rare and priceless collections.  Objects from our collections and from other museums are on display in the gallery and the permanent exhibit of our museum.  The following rules are for the safety and security of these objects and our visitors:

  •  NO STILL OR MOVING PICTURES ARE TO BE TAKEN IN THE MUSEUM.
  •  NO CELL PHONE, PICTURE CELL PHONE OR iPOD USAGE ALLOWED.
  •  NO FOOD, DRINKS OR CHEWING GUM.
  •  NO RUNNING, LOUD TALKING OR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR.
  •  NO HANDLING OF OBJECTS.
  •  NO BACKPACKS

Arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for unloading and restroom break.

Do not bring more than the scheduled number of visitors.

Bring a minimum of one chaperone per 10 children.

Provide a name tag for each student.

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370 Zoo Road, Jacksonville, FL, United States 68.56 mi

Escape to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the only walking safari in Northeast Florida. Discover the earth’s wildlife through interactive and educational experiences. A true family adventure, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is growing and changing daily and is dedicated to consistently improving.  Beginning in 2004 with Range of the Jaguar and continuing with Giraffe Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is quickly becoming a world-class establishment. The Zoo has something for everyone with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 varieties of plants. Whether you are a visitor to Florida’s First Coast or a lifetime resident, we invite you to experience the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens through interactions with people, wildlife and the environment.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO!

BEHIND THE SCENE TOURS

CAROUSEL

EXHIBITS

GARDEN TOURS

KEEPER TALKS

JAZOO’S KIDZONE

TRAIN RIDES

BIRD WATCHING AT THE ZOO

ZOO KEEPER FOR THE DAY!

4-D Ride

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Birthday Parties at the Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Parents and Families

Birthday Parties at the Zoo

Zoo Parties for your Children!

Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the WILDEST place in Town!

We do all the work so you can spend more time having fun! All party packages come with free admission and unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests, Zoo themed cake, a special gift for the birthday child, and we take care of everything from the table covers, to the plates, to the candles. You can even customize your party to include everything from Zoo themed goody bags to animal encounters to admission to Stingray Bay.

Parties are offered for children 3-12 years of age on Saturdays and Sundays all year round.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

All Parties are held at the Zoo’s Education Campus

Party times available: 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.


“Party Animal” Party Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Animal Greeter to welcome your guests (a live animal from our Education Department)
  • 10 Zoo Admissions and Unlimited Train Rides for all paid guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with Party Hostess to assist
  • Bagged Lunch, Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch, and Water for all 10 guests
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Masks at each place setting
  • Zoo themed Goody Bags for each child
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $230 Non Members/ $218 Members for 10 guests; $23 for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.

Photo: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ lion mascot Jazoo turned 7 on August 18, 2012! The keepers got together to wish him “Happy Birthday!” and give him his birthday present!


”Zoo-riffic Party” Package for 10 Guests:

Package Includes:

  • Zoo Admission and Unlimited Train Rides included for 10 guests
  • Private Enclosed Area for one hour with a Party Hostess to assist
  • Zoo themed Cake, Ice Cream, Fruit Punch and Water
  • Zoo themed table covers, plates, napkins, and candles are provided
  • Animal Mask at each place setting
  • A Special gift for the birthday child

Price: $175 Non Members/$166 Members for 10 Guests; $17.50 per person for each additional guest, adult or child.

A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required for party reservations.


Additional Party Options:

Animal Encounter*: A trained educator will present touchable and/or non-touchable animals that will enlighten children of all ages. Share a memorable moment looking into the face and eyes of one of the teaching animals here at the Jacksonville Zoo.

$50.00 – *Two weeks’ notice is required to schedule this option.

Carousel Tickets: Wildlife Carousel, enjoy rides atop beautiful hand-painted renditions of your favorite Zoo animals.

$2.00 plus 7% tax per person

Goody Bags: Assortment of Zoo themed goodies for each child to take home as a souvenir party favor.

$3.95 plus 7% tax per person

Stingray Bay: Spend the day with Ray! This is your chance to see and touch some of the sea’s most charming creatures.

$1.50 per person; this price does not include feeding the stingrays.

4D Ride: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ newest attraction is a thrilling 4-D ride! Rock and roll, toss, turn, and giggle on this new all-senses experience. Click here for details on the most current 4D ride film.

$4.00 plus 7% tax per person


Payment Information:

A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to make a party reservation. Deposit must be made at the time of booking and can be paid over the phone via credit or debit card. The final headcount and payment in full is due on the Tuesday prior to the party. We accept all major credit cards, cash, cashier checks or money orders. Personal checks are not accepted for deposits or final payment.

Birthday parties are offered for children 3-12 years old and are held at the Education Campus on Saturdays & Sundays. Room capacity is limited to a maximum of 24 guests.

Groups will be charged $25 per person for any UNEXPECTED guests, Regardless of their birthday package.

Print-at-Home Invitation: Download a copy of our birthday party invitations! All you have to do is print them, fold them and fill them out. They can be handed out, or put in an envelope to mail out.

Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, or to schedule a Birthday Party, email or call (904) 757-4463, ext. 120.

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