The Florida Museum is Gainesville’s most unique and distinctive venue to host your wedding. Choose one or both of our awe-inspiring galleries for your reception, and add an unforgettable experience to your event—an intimate Butterfly Rainforest ceremony!

Let us help you put together a custom wedding package, from a simple and intimate ceremony to a full sit-down dinner with special exhibits access.

Note: Face coverings and social distancing are required on UF’s campus. Read the Campus Events Planning & Safety Guide.

NEW! Florida Museum micro wedding packages!

Don’t let COVID-19 wedding planning stress you out! We’ve created new socially-distanced micro wedding packages that make it easy for you to get married in style.

Ceremony Spaces

We’re now offering ceremony-only options, or you can create a ceremony + reception package with one of our galleries.

Butterfly Rainforest $550 90 minutes/evening only through October, up to 30 attendees*
Denny Gallery $650 90 minutes/evening only, up to 40 attendees*
Oak Tree (behind museum) $750 daytime and evening, up to 50 attendees*

 *capacity is dependent on current social distancing guidelines


Reception Spaces

Choose one or both of our galleries to hold your wedding reception:

Denny Gallery starts at $2100 seats up to 50*
Thompson Gallery starts at $1500 seats up to 20*
Or rent both! starts at $3000 note: max capacity for venue is 50

*capacity is dependent on current social distancing guidelines


Sunday morning ceremony & reception

Hold your intimate wedding ceremony in the Butterfly Rainforest, then host a brunch reception under the dazzling Wall of Wings exhibit in the Thompson Gallery.

Butterfly Rainforest + Thompson Gallery
$1750 9:00am – 12:00pm; max 20 attendees


Reception add-ons:

Laura & Damon Rainforest wedding, June 2016Upgrade your wedding by holding your ceremony in the Butterfly Rainforest or at our beautiful Oak Tree, then seamlessly continue your evening with a reception in our galleries!  Our permanent exhibits are included for your guests to explore during your reception, but you can also add the Rainforest and the current featured special exhibit.

Full pricing information.

Catering, Alcohol & Other Vendors

We have a select list of approved caterers that serve the Museum. All of our caterers are insured and most are also permitted to serve alcohol.

We also have a list of recommended photographers, DJs, florists, and other vendors that have experience working in the unique spaces of our galleries and exhibits.

Find out more about our approved caterers and and preferred vendors.

Accessibility & Staff

The Florida Museum is a lovely venue for an event, and also a comfortable facility for your guests. Our climate-controlled building already serves individuals with a variety of needs, from parking to a lactation room to ADA accessibility. We have staff onsite for the duration of your event, and there is ample space for catering and other vendors to set up and serve your party with ease and efficiency.

Reservations, Deposits & Insurance

Wedding dates book fast here at the Florida Museum! Please contact us for a quote and to hold your desired date. When your quote is sent, your date is held up to two weeks without a commitment. Once your rental agreement is signed and your down payment paid, your date is fully reserved.


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We’ve hosted many events with many creative themes, and we want to work with you to make your reception or party unique to you. If you have any questions or special requests, please feel free to discuss them with our experienced event staff.

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Questions? Email (preferred) or call 352-273-2045.

Revenue from private rentals helps sustain Museum programming and exhibits. Thank you for your support!