Last updated: 8/11/2021
Gainesville, Florida
Street Address
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
SW 34th Street & Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 117800
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
phone: 352-846-2000
fax: 352-846-0253
e-mail: museuminfo@flmnh.ufl.edu
web: www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/
Hours
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Admissions
Free General Admission; Fee for Butterfly Rainforest and some Temporary Exhibits
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Catherine Carey, Public Programs Coordinator
Douglas S. Jones, Director
phone: 352-273-1902
Darcie MacMahon, Assistant Director, Exhibits & Public Programs
phone: 352-273-2053
Ian Breheny, Exhibit Designer
phone: 352-273-2078
Amy Hester, Volunteer Coordinator
Elise LeCompte, Registrar and Assistant Department Chair
Griffin Sheehy, Assistant to the Director
Marie Emmerson, Director of Development
Beverly Sensbach, Associate Director
Dale Johnson, Exhibit Project Manager
Kara Schwartz, Development Coordinator
Julie Waters, Exhibit Developer
Donna L. Ruhl, Florida Archaeology Collections Manager
Tina Choe, Exhibit Developer
Jonnie Dietz, Outreach Coordinator
Steve Drury, Lead Security Guard
Kaitlin Gardiner, Marketing Manager
phone: 352-273-2028
Description

Visitors to the Florida Museum, on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, can enjoy hundreds of exotic butterflies in a rainforest 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. Permanent exhibits include Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife, South Florida People and Environments, Hall of Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land, and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, which features the screened, outdoor Butterfly Rainforest exhibit with hundreds of live butterflies.

Dickinson Hall houses the museum's other research activities and vast collections containing more than 40 million natural history specimens and artifacts.

Mission

The state's official natural history museum, dedicated to understanding, preserving and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage.

History

Formerly named the Florida State Museum, established by the legislature in 1917 as the official state museum of natural history.

Artifact Collections

The Florida Museum's Ethnographic and Archaeological collections contain more than 20 million artifacts.

Research Collections

Anthropology: 8.8 million. It is the world's largest collection of Spanish Colonial artifacts and prehistoric Florida artifacts. Plants: 470,000. This collection leads the state in plant identification. Mollusks: 3 million. This is the eigth-largest U.S. collection. Butterflies and Moths: 1 million. This is the world's third-largest collection. Fish: 2.3 million. This is the fourth-largest U.S. collection. Reptiles and Amphibians: 190,000. This is the eigth-largest U.S. collection. Birds: 73,000. This is the world's third-largest sound recording collection and the fifth-largest skeleton collection. Mammals: 34,000. This is the world's second-largest marine mammal collection. Plant Fossils: 250,000. This collection leads the international research of flowering plant origins. Invertebrate Fossils: 3.75 million. This is the world's largest Florida collection and the fifth-largest North American Cenozoic collection. Vertebrate Fossils: 700,000. This is the fifth-largest U.S. collection. Total specimens and artifacts combined: 40+ million.

Educational Programs

Marvelous Explorations through Science and Stories, operated out of the museum, educates more than 850 children through science and literature-based activities in Head Start classrooms. About 4,500 students participated in docent-led tours during 2002-2003.Science and Engineering Experiences for Knowledge educated 60 students through an after-school program, and received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Other educational activities include an Animal Fair, Sensational Science, Buchholtz BioTrek afternoons and Science Sunday lectures.

Governance

University

Publications

Annual Reports, published annually. Natural History Magazine inserts, published monthly for members only. Contact the museum front desk to receive a copy.

Services

Gift Shop

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MUSEUM CONFERENCES
Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference 2022
Richmond, Virginia
Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
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Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, March 25, 2022 — Waco, Texas
Texas Association of Museums 2022 - Growing Together: Tackling The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow
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Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9, 2022 — Point Pleasant, West Virginia
West Virginia Association of Museums 2022 Conference
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
PA Museums’ 2022 Conference
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 — Statesboro, Georgia
Center of Excellence Tick Workshop 2022
Statesboro, Georgia
Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
InterActivity 2022: Play The Long Game -Association of Children's Museums
St. Louis, Missouri
Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 — Slinger, Wisconsin
2022 Fire Museum Seminar
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Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
2022 Country School Association of America Conference
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Thursday, June 23 - Tuesday, June 28, 2022 — Tacoma, Washington
ALHFAM 2022 CONFERENCE & ANNUAL MEETING
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Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
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Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
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