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Keith & Tina, Discovery Zone Nature Ambassadors

We miss you!

Check out our NEW Discovery Time video series! We’re bringing the Discovery Zone and our popular Tot Trot Nature Walks and Tours to you, virtually.

Watch family-friendly videos hosted by the Florida Museum’s Discovery Zone Nature Ambassadors. Designed for families with young children, each episode uses the Discovery Zone as a launch pad for exploring life on Earth. Watch now…


Free Admission

Children can explore, observe, study, pretend and play at the Florida Museum’s Beverly and Jon Thompson Discovery Zone permanent exhibition. The exhibit includes educational materials as diverse as the natural world, allowing children and their caregivers to engage in science-oriented interactives and experience display cases with stunning collections, true-to-scale touchable objects and various activity stations. The Discovery Zone closes at 4:30 p.m. daily.

We Thank Our Sponsors

The Beverly and Jon Thompson Discovery Zone was made possible by the generous support of Museum donors and is sponsored in part by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Division of Historical Resources and Alachua County Board of County Commissioners through the Tourist Development Tax.

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