The Florida Museum of Natural History was established in 1891 and is situated in Gainesville, Florida. The main motive for the setup of the Florida Museum is to conserve the natural history of Florida and to research the impact of the natural recourses on human culture and vice versa. The Florida Museum of Natural History is located inside the University of Florida.
The Dickinson hall has over 25 million artifacts some of which are on display. The artifacts housed here come under the category of paleontology, ichthyology, botany, herpetology and much more.
The power hall is the main exhibit hall for the museum and has some of the biggest exhibits from all the categories.
The Randell research center I used for the research and to run the educational programs which come under the Southwest Florida Project.
The last facility of the Museum of Natural History is the McGuire Center For Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. More than 10million butterfly and moth specimens can be found in this center. The collection consists of some of the rarest and the extinct species as well.
The butterfly rainforest is the most visited section of the museum as it exhibits live butterflies in enclosed environments. They have over 80 butterflies and moth species on exhibit every time. The butterflies from all over the world are out in the exhibits.
The fossils that have been discovered from the areas around Florida are displayed in this section. It includes the dinosaurs and various animals from the Mesozoic era. There are some other animal species also under the display.
This section consists of a collection of exhibits that takes the visitors through the lives of the people in ancient Florida and the environments. This is one of the biggest exhibits in the museum.
This section is designed to educate the visitors about the various habitats that they will find if they travel to the Northwest Florida.
This is a garden that is located in the McGuire Center and has the largest collection of wildflowers from all over Florida. They also have the full lifecycle of a butterfly on display.
The changing gallery is the space where the temporary exhibits are kept. The exhibits keep on changing, and new ones keep taking their place regularly.
Other Things To Know
The museum is closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day and is opened all year round. The entry is free to the museum although the special exhibits are charged.