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The Florida Museum of Natural History reopens its permanent exhibits to the public on July 3. The museum, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, is following guidelines of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, with counsel from UF Health. These include:

• All visitors and museum staff are required to wear face coverings.

• Foot traffic throughout the museum will follow a one-way path to ensure physical distancing.

• Guests are encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the building.

• Credit cards are preferred for purchases.

• Workspaces, exhibits, common areas and galleries are regularly sanitized. Certain touchable technology and interactives will be unavailable.

Exhibits include the “Butterfly Rainforest,” “Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land,” “Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife,” “South Florida People & Environments,” “Exploring Our World,” “Fossil Plant Garden” and “Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.” All exhibits are free, but regular admission fees apply to enter the “Butterfly Rainforest” exhibit, which will have limited entry: $14 for adults ($12 for Florida residents and seniors) and $7 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. Tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance to the Rainforest exhibit. The Collectors Shop and West Gallery will also reopen.

Exhibits that remain closed include the “Amazing Pollinators,” “Discovery Zone” and “Our Energy Future.” The Butterfly Rainforest Gift Shop, East Gallery and Children’s Gallery are also closed, and the museum has temporarily paused Butterfly Spotlights in the Rainforest, group tours and weekend plant sales.

Visitors can also connect with the museum from home through its virtual programs, extensive online resources and email newsletters. For the latest information, visit www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/museum-blog/covid-19-update. Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the latest updates on COVID-19.