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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


T rex. Named Sue

Now - September 13, 2015
Tyrannosaurus rex has long commanded respect and sparked curiosity in the mind of the public, and Sue is the most famous T. rex of all. At 42 feet long and 12 feet tall at the hips, her skeleton inspires as much awe today as she did 67 million years ago. In the temporary exhibit “A T. rex Named Sue,” explore how this remarkable creature interacted with its world and what we can learn from studying its bones. Revel in the sheer magnitude of a fully articulated, life-size skeleton cast while learning about Sue’s movement, vision and sense of smell. Enjoy family-friendly interactives, climb into the dig pit to uncover fossils and learn about din ...Read More>> saurs through touchable bone replicas and other hands-on activities. Follow Sue’s sensational journey from the Cretaceous period and sedimentary rocks of South Dakota to the U.S. courts and finally the world. Come to the Florida Museum to experience the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered! Read Less

Homeschool Day

April 13, 2015
Homeschool groups are invited to participate in the guided programs offered to traditional school groups. The museum also offers three special homeschool days for individual families and homeschool groups to explore the temporary exhibits at reduced rates. Investigate specimens up-close, participate in hands-on activities and tour the exhibits with our docents. Each day’s activities run 10 a.m.-noon. Child and adult rates are $6. Ages under 3 and adult museum members are free. The rates include admission to the exhibit specified.

Homeschool Day: Butterfly Rainforest

April 13, 2015
Home-schooled groups are invited to participate in guided programs offered to traditional school groups. The Museum also offers special days for home-schoolers to explore the featured exhibits, investigate specimens up-close, participate in hands-on activities and tour exhibits with Museum docents.


September 19, 2015
A celebration of wings and backyard things! Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest while celebrating wings, wildlife and biodiversity. Enjoy the Butterfly Plant Sale beginning Friday, Sept. 18 through Sept. 20, one of the museum’s largest plant sales of the year with more than 150 species available. Learn about butterfly gardening, native pollinators, conservation, backyard wildlife and more. Experience butterfly releases and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the Pollinator Parade! Visit for more information. Food and merchandise vendors available! ...Read More>> utterflyFest is sponsored in part by The Gainesville Sun. Read Less

Starry Night

November 13, 2015 - November 14, 2015
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.


November 20, 2015 - November 21, 2015
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 17th 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.

Collectors Day

January 09, 2016
Celebrate the 37th 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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