Learn and Explore at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Adventures can be enjoyable and a stimulating learning experience at the same time. I went to the Florida Museum of Natural History and learned so much; you could call it educational fun. I was quite shocked with how amazing this museum was and the admission was free. You only have to pay a cover charge for featured exhibits, such as the Butterfly Rainforest.

The museum is located on the University of Florida Campus. The address of the museum is 3215 Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611. You have to pay for parking unless you go on Saturday or Sunday. Parking is lifted on those days. The museum is open year round from Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The museum has limited-time-only featured exhibits and eight permanent exhibits. The eight permanent exhibits include the Butterfly Rainforest, Indoor Butterly Exhibits, the Discovery Zone, Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land, Northwest Florida: Waterway and Wildlife, South Florida People and Environments, Exploring our World, and Our Energy Future.

The museum helped strengthen my knowledge of biological diversity and cultural heritage. I believe the reason for this is to make a positive difference in the future. There was so much in this museum and it was aesthetically pleasing, too.

My favorite part about the museum was the indoor Butterfly Exhibit. They had many kinds of butterflies on display with information about them. They also had live butterflies that were in habitats indoors that you could observe. I watched one as it came out of its cocoon. I was so intrigued by the process and how this all happened right in front of my eyes.

Another great part of the museum was the fossils exhibit. They were incredible. I asked a museum attendant about the fossils in astonishing curiosity, if they were real and he told me that more than 90 percent of the exhibit’s 500 fossils are real. He also informed me that many of them were found within 100 miles of Gainesville. I found that so interesting.

This museum has so much to offer and I would recommend exploring all of it. This was another great adventure I’ve discovered!


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