Located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and open year-round, the Florida Museum of Natural History is one of the nation’s top five museums, and is Florida’s official state natural history museum. Enjoy 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. Admission is free for the main exhibits.
Visit the Harn Museum of Art located at the UF Cultural Plaza and view frequently changing exhibitions drawn from the Harn’s collections and loans from both private lenders and other art museums. Works on display in eleven galleries include paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, photography, video, beadwork, textiles and more. Also enjoy a peaceful setting in one of our many gardens within and around the museum, two of which are Asian-inspired. Admission is free, unless noted otherwise.
Gainesville’s former American Legion Hall, the Matheson Museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions that chart the history of Alachua County. The permanent exhibits tell the area’s history from the Timucuan Indians, its original inhabitants, to the Spanish occupation of the area to William Bartram’s travels. The Matheson Museum offers tours by appointment only so before visiting, call them from your Gainesville tavern inn and schedule a tour.