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 exhibit entrance closes at 4:30 p.m.

Exhibit Blog Spotlight

Jul 30, 2017

Opening the Discovery Zone

Opening the new permanent exhibit, the Discovery Zone, was only made possible by hundreds of people working together over the…

Jan 19, 2017

Discovery Zone, Real Specimens!

One of our favorite aspects of the new Discovery Zone exhibit is that we will be putting scientific discovery right…

Jan 6, 2017

Discovery Zone, Caterpillar Details

Components of the passionflower are complete! It will be assembled just prior to installation in May/June. We have completed two…

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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.