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Florida Museum of Natural History


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From wedding receptions and holiday parties to client appreciations and product launches, the Museum provides a stunning, unique backdrop for your event. With adventures and artifacts around every turn, the venue is a refreshing alternative to traditional reception halls. Best of all, your fees will be used to help support the Museum's growing exhibit and educational programs. Visit for more info.

  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Internet Connectivity - Wired
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email, Group Sales Phone Number (352) 273-2027,

Capacity Chart

Name Banquet Capacity Classroom Capacity Reception Capacity Square Feet
Lucille T. Maloney Classroom - 150 - 1622
Central Gallery and Galleria 100 - 500 3465
Butterfly Rainforest Gallery - - 40 1514


Wicked Plants: The Exhibit

Now - January 15, 2017
Step into a realm where plants hold the power. Poisonous, carnivorous or just plain nasty, experience some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals – without the risk of intoxication, addiction, dismemberment or other danger. Featuring more than 100 plants and thrilling two- and three-dimensional interactives, this eerie environment educates and entertains audiences with information about some of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. Funded by the North Carolina Arboretum Society and the Creel-Harison Foundation.

Ask a Scientist: Not So Scary Science

October 30, 2016
Come in costume, bring your specimens and find answers during an afternoon of discovery and learning at “Ask a Scientist: Not So Scary Science” on Oct. 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.! Participants may talk one-on-one with scientists. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2062.

Starry Night

November 04, 2016
Bring the whole family for a free, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions! Gaze through high-performance telescopes at the stars and explore the world beyond at a portable planetarium show and 3-D presentations. This event is made possible by the UF Astronomy Department, the Alachua Astronomy Club, the Santa Fe Astronomy Program and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Food vendors will be onsite.

Archaeology Workshop: Canoes

November 06, 2016
Archaeologists will explore ancient dugout canoes of Florida and discuss the methods used to craft them with guests on Nov. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network during this free workshop for all ages. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2064.

Homeschool Day: Wicked Plants

November 07, 2016
The Florida Museum of Natural History invites home-schoolers of all ages to explore “Wicked Plants: The Exhibit” and participate in guided programs on Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Investigate specimens up-close, participate in hands-on activities and tour exhibits with museum docents. For information on pricing, visit or call 352-273-2030.

She's A Scientist

November 13, 2016
Calling all Girl Scouts! Join the museum and celebrate the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s “She’s a Scientist” annual program Nov. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Experience hands-on activities and experiments while meeting local scientists. Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts receive a special patch for this event. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2062.


November 18, 2016
Ever wonder how milk jugs morph into beautiful wading birds or how gears and gadgets become gigantic bugs? See how middle school, high school and college students transform "waste" into creative works of art! The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 18th Annual Trashformations through Dec. 1.This event is made possible in part by the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.

School Holiday Camps

November 21, 2016 - November 22, 2016
Enjoy school holidays at the Florida Museum of Natural History! Children will explore invasive species on Nov. 21 and plants on Nov. 22. Students must be enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2016-2017 school year. Drop-off for the morning and full-day session is 8-8:30 a.m. and pickup for the morning session is noon-12:30 p.m. For the afternoon session, drop-off is 12:30-1 p.m. and pickup is 4:30-5 p.m. A half-day session is $27 for members, $30 non-members. A full-day session is $45 for members, $50 non-members. Students should dress for outdoor activities and full-day students should bring lunch. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.flmnh.ufl. ...Read More>> du/events/camps/school-holiday or call 352-273-2061. Read Less

Volunteer Orientation

January 18, 2017
The Florida Museum of Natural History is holding an orientation for adults interested in learning more about volunteering. The presentation is on Jan. 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will help participants identify the best match for their interests and abilities. Volunteers serve as exhibit guides to school groups and other museum visitors or work in the collections and research departments. Pre-registration is required, and volunteers must be 18 years or older. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2055.

Collectors Day

January 21, 2017
Celebrate the 38th Collectors Day at the Florida Museum. This free, popular and unique event has attracted collectors from across the Southeast for more than 30 years. Enjoy viewing personal collections and learning the history and context of these treasures from Titanic and Beatles memorabilia to classic cars. Visit with the collectors and discover that collecting isn’t just for scientists!

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