Welcome to the Florida Museum!

Powell Hall exterior 2012Enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rain forest setting, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and see a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age.

Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year-round, the Florida Museum is one of the nation’s top five museums.


Visiting with Kids?

Visitors in front of mammoth

Visitors are greeted by a 14-foot-tall, 16,000-year-old Columbian Mammoth discovered in the Aucilla River in northwest Florida. Ninety percent of the bones are fossil material, making it one of the most complete ever found.

Visiting with a Group?

  • Discounted rates are available for community and school groups.
  • Review our exhibit guides for background information, related activities and additional resources.

Visiting on a Budget?

  • General admission to most of the Museum's permanent exhibits is free.
  • Value tickets are available providing discounted admission to the Butterfly Rainforest and current temporary exhibition.

Visiting the Collections?

  • Except for the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Lepidoptera collections, the Museum’s collections are housed in Dickinson Hall, located two miles from the exhibition center. This building is not open to the public, and all visitors must make an appointment with a staff member to gain entry. Dickinson Hall visitation information
  • McGuire Center visitors should enter the main Museum exhibition building and check in at the front desk.

Visiting Gainesville?

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