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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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ButterflyFest

September 19, 2015
A celebration of wings, wildlife & biodiversity! Explore the lives of bats, bees, birds and butterflies at this fall’s ButterflyFest. Enjoy the Butterfly Plant Sale beginning Friday, Sept. 18, 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. Enjoy butterfly releases and come dressed in your favorite pollinator attire for the Pollinator Parade! Visit the www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/home for more information. Food and merchandise vendors available!
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflyfest/home/
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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 "Butterfly Rainforest" exhibit, 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 the open house or register ...Read More>> online in advance at alachua.truenorthlogic.com. Free Parking – pick up your parking pass at the front of either museum before parking. Questions? Please contact Jeanne Chamberlin, jchamberlin@flmnh.ufl.edu or 352-273-2026. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/educator-open-house/
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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. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-2/

bdunckel@flmnh.ufl.edu

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Science Café: Childhood Trauma

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. Read Less
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/science-cafe-fall-1/

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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/ask-scientist-2/
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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. Spaces are limited and fill quickly. 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 2015-2016 school year. School Holiday Camps | Nov. 23 and 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 23 | America Recycles Come celebrate “America Recycles Day” with a camp about making the most of everything. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and create a piece of recycled art. Nov. 24 | Caribbean Life Want to g ...Read More>> somewhere warm in the winter? Explore the culture, geography, plants and animals of the Caribbean. 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. 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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Can You Dig It?

March 12, 2016
Dig into geology and discover the Earth at your feet! Enjoy hands-on activities and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions. Explore the Museum and check out displays and activities on geology, fossils, gems, minerals and much more from Florida and around the world! A free, fun event for all ages! This family-friendly event is presented by the University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences and the Florida Museum in collaboration with the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society and additional community sponsors. Onsite food vendor: High Springs Orchard and Bakery.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/can-you-dig-it/
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Homeschool Day: Butterfly Rainforest

April 04, 2016
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.
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/calendar/grid/homeschool-day-3/

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