Museum Locations

The Museum occupies three principal facilities on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and the Randell Research Center in southwest Florida:

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Powell Hall

Powell Hall is the Museum’s main Education and Exhibition Center. Open to the public continuously since January 1998, this facility houses exhibits and public education programs. It is located between the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in the UF Cultural Plaza at 3215 Hull Road, just east of Southwest 34th Street on the western edge of the University of Florida campus. Visitors to Powell Hall will encounter exciting temporary exhibits and signature permanent exhibition halls that explore the state’s unique habitats and rich cultural history. Powell Hall visitation information


McGuire Hall

McGuire Hall is the Museum’s newest addition, a 35,000-square-foot facility housing the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, the world’s largest center devoted to Lepidoptera collections-based research and education, as well as a living butterfly vivarium. The collection, including specimens once located in the Allyn Museum of Entomology in Sarasota, is one of the largest in the world. The Lepidoptera research facilities also are among the finest in the world. Visitors can explore the “Wall of Wings,” which reaches nearly three stories high and 200 feet long, and contains more than 13,000 images and actual Lepidoptera specimens, information panels, videos and maps. The center also features the 6,400-square-foot Butterfly Rainforest permanent exhibit, a screened enclosure of lush tropical trees and plants with waterfalls and a walking trail that supports hundreds of living butterflies and moths from all corners of the globe.


Dickinson Hall

Dickinson Hall, home to the Museum since the early 1970s, houses most of the collections and research activities as well as the University of Florida Herbarium. Dickinson Hall is visited primarily by scientists and university students engaged in collections-based natural history research involving the Museum’s extensive neontological, paleontological and anthropological/archaeological holdings. This building is not open to the public. Dickinson Hall visitation information


Randell Research Center

The Museum also manages the 67-acre Randell Research Center, an internationally significant archaeological site on Pine Island near Fort Myers. Randell Research Center visitation information