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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 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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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
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/exhibits/limited-time-only/t-rex-named-sue/
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Science Café: Childhood Trauma

August 28, 2015
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 via Eventbrite. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. As space is limited for these FREE programs, please RSVP via Eventbrite (link coming soon). The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Participants purchase their own food and beverage from a special Science Café menu. 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). For more information, please contact Betty Dunckel at bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2088. "Childhood Trauma Haunts Us in Adulthood: The Brain and Body Keep Score," with Nancy S. Hardt, M.D., Professor, Department of Pathology and Ob-Gyn and Director, Health Equity and Service Learning Programs, University of Florida College of Medicine. Location: Saboré, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129 in Town of Tioga, with a limited menu offered for participants. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-1/

bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Volunteer Orientation

August 31, 2015
Do you want to become a museum volunteer? The first step is attending the orientation for new volunteers to help us find the best match for your interests and abilities. Volunteers serve as exhibit guides to school groups and other museum visitors or provide assistance in the research and collections areas. Pre-registration is required. Must be 18 years or older. For more information, visit www.flmnh.ufl.edu/volunteers/ or call 352-273-2056.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/volunteer-orientation/
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ButterflyFest

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 www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest for more information. Food and merchandise vendors available! ...Read More>> utterflyFest 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 01, 2015
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: Primate Evolution

October 26, 2015 - October 27, 2015
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 via Eventbrite. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. As space is limited for these FREE programs, please RSVP via Eventbrite (link coming soon). The program begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Betty Dunckel at bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2088. Participants purchase their own food and beverage from a special Science Café menu. 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). For more information, please contact Betty Dunckel at bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2088. "Extinction of the Dinosaurs, Global Warming and the Origin of Primates," with Jonathan I. Bloch, Ph.D., Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology and Associate Chair, Department of Natural History, Florida Museum. Location: Blue Gill Quality Foods, 1310 SW 13th St., with a limited menu offered to participants. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-2/

bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Homeschool Day: First Colony

November 02, 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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Ask a Scientist

November 08, 2015
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. Join the museum as we explore Lepidoptera and their conservation with McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Director Jaret Daniels in celebration of the McGuire Center’s 10th anniversary! For more information on topics, call 352-273-2062.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/ask-scientist-1/
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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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/starry-night/
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Science Café: Quantum Mechanics

November 16, 2015 - November 17, 2015
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 via Eventbrite (link coming soon). The program begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Betty Dunckel at bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2088. "Let's Talk Quantum Mechanics," with Jerry Heines, Ph.D., Independent Technical Consultant. Location: Saboré, 13005 SW First Road, Suite 129 in Town of Tioga, with a limited menu offered for participants. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-3

bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Trashformations

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.
http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/PW/Waste/wasteAlternatives/Pages/Trashformations.aspx
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School Holiday Camps

November 23, 2015 - November 24, 2015
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. 23 and 24, 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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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!
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/collectors-day/

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