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Description:

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 www.flmnh.ufl.edu/rentals for more info.

Amenities:
  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Internet Connectivity - Wired
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours,
  • Contact Information:
  • Group Sales Email groupinfo@flmnh.ufl.edu, 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

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Sal de Pacha: A Latino Film Festival Celebration

September 20, 2014
As part of the Gainesville Latino Film Festival, the museum will display “Sal de Pacha” (Salt of the Earth) to illustrate the importance of salt in our lives. The Uyuni Salt Flats, located in the Andean mountains of Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. This fascinating Andean ecosystem attracts a unique collection of animals, plants and people. Bring your family to learn about the properties of salt and view seldom-seen Andean artifacts from the museum’s South American ethnographic collection. At 2 p.m., the Bolivian film, The Gift of Pachamama/El Regalo de la Pachamama, will be shown in the Harn Museum of Art’s Chandler Auditorium. Thi ...Read More>> is a bilingual, family event. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/sal-de-pacha/

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ButterflyFest

October 04, 2014
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, Oct. 3 through Oct. 5, 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 www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest for more information. Food and merchandise vendors available! Butt ...Read More>> rflyFest is sponsored in part by The Gainesville Sun. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/index.php/butterflyfest/overview/

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Educator Open House

October 09, 2014
Come to the museum for educational materials to help with lesson planning. The Florida Museum and Harn Museum of Art partner with other educational organizations to provide information about field trips, workshops, lesson plans and free resources. This event is open to all educators and attendees will receive free Harn Museum exhibition tours, admission to the Florida Museum’s newest exhibit "Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived," refreshments and a discount in the museums’ gift shops. Earn In-Service Points! On the day of the event, Alachua County Public School teachers can register at the museum to earn in-service points for attending ...Read More>> the open house or register online in advance at alachua.truenorthlogic.com. Free Parking – pick up your parking pass at the front of either museum before parking. Questions? Contact Dianne Behringer: dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu, 352-273-2036. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/educator-open-house/

dbehringer@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Science Café

October 13, 2014
Come to the museum’s Science Cafés for engaging conversation about a variety of science topics. A comfortable atmosphere provides the setting for lively discussions. Held on Mondays, the cafés alternate between two locations: Saboré, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129, Town of Tioga, and Blue Gill Quality Foods, 1310 SW 13th Street, Gainesville. A limited menu is offered for participants. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.; seating and food/beverage ordering begin at 6 p.m. Please note that seating is on a first-come basis (except when wheelchair access is requested in advance). To help plan for these free programs (participants purchase their own ...Read More>> ood and beverage), please RSVP at least one week in advance of the café date with your name and the number attending by emailing aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or calling Amanda Erickson Harvey, 352-273-2062. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. "Conservation Ecology of the Swallow-tailed Kite: Lessons for Protecting Migratory Birds in a Changing World," with Ken Meyer, Ph.D., Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute, Gainesville. Location: Blue Gill Quality Foods, 1310 SW 13th Street, Gainesville. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-2/

aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Homeschool Day

October 20, 2014
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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators/school-groups/homeschool-days/

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Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived Exhibit Celebration

October 26, 2014
"Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived" comes home to the Florida Museum! Join us as we welcome the exhibit with a free, family-friendly celebration including hands-on activities and displays. For more information, call 352-273-2061.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/megalodon-celebration/

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Ask a Scientist

November 09, 2014
Science is all around you! Take advantage of this opportunity to talk with scientists and ask those questions you have been wondering about. Bring your specimens and find answers during an afternoon of discovery and learning. Meet local scientists and investigate a variety of science and natural history topics! For more information on topics, call 352-273-2062.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/ask-scientist-2/

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Starry Night

November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014
Observe the night sky and explore the world beyond! See a portable planetarium show or view a moonscape in 3-D. Bring the whole family for a free, fun-filled night of astronomical proportions. Food vendor available! For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/starrynight/ or call 352-273-2062. This event is made possible in part by the UF Astronomy Department, Alachua Astronomy Club, Santa Fe Astronomy Program and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/starrynight/

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Science Café

November 17, 2014
Come to the museum’s Science Cafés for engaging conversation about a variety of science topics. A comfortable atmosphere provides the setting for lively discussions. Held on Mondays, the cafés alternate between two locations: Saboré, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129, Town of Tioga, and Blue Gill Quality Foods, 1310 SW 13th Street, Gainesville. A limited menu is offered for participants. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.; seating and food/beverage ordering begin at 6 p.m. Please note that seating is on a first-come basis (except when wheelchair access is requested in advance). To help plan for these free programs (participants purchase their own ...Read More>> ood and beverage), please RSVP at least one week in advance of the café date with your name and the number attending by emailing aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu or calling Amanda Erickson Harvey, 352-273-2062. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. "Unlocking the Cabinets of Our Nation's Natural History Museums," with Pamela S. Soltis, Ph.D., Curator, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics, Florida Museum. Location: Saboré, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129, Town of Tioga. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-3/

aerickson@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Trashformations

November 21, 2014 - November 22, 2014
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 16th Annual Trashformations through Dec. 1. For more information or to download an entry application, visit www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/PW/Waste/wasteAlternatives/Pages/Trashformations.aspx or call Patrick Irby, 352-374-5213. This event is made possible in part by the Alachua County Office of Waste Alternatives and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners.
http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/PW/Waste/wasteAlternatives/Pages/Trashformations.aspx

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School Holiday Camps

November 24, 2014 - November 25, 2014
Dive into the sciences and investigate natural history through activities and hands-on exploration! School Holiday Camps are full- or half-day programs offered at the museum. Children explore the program topic through interactive activities, as well as the museum’s own collections and exhibits. Students must be enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2014-2015 school year. Drop-off for the morning and full-day sessions is 8-8:30 a.m. Pickup for the morning session is noon-12:30 p.m. Drop-off for the afternoon session is 12:30-1 p.m. Pickup for the afternoon and full-day sessions is 4:30-5 p.m. School Holiday Camps | Nov. 24 and 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ...Read More>> ov. 24 | Monster Myths Get the monsters out from under the bed and find out if they are real or not! Megalodon, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and giant squids--join the museum as we explore the difference between science and storytelling. Nov. 25 | A World of Celebrations What’s in a celebration? Explore holidays and celebrations from around the world! Register your child for the morning, afternoon or full day. 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 a sack lunch. Pre-registration is required. Questions? Visit http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/events/camps/school-holiday/ or call 352-273-2061. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/events/camps/school-holiday/

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Homeschool Day

February 09, 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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators/school-groups/homeschool-days/

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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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/educators/school-groups/homeschool-days/

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