The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL) is housed within the Entomology & Nematology Department at the University of Florida (UF). The HBREL is located directly east of Steinmetz Hall on UF's campus.

1881 Natural Area Dr.
Bldg. 964
Gainesville, FL 32611

Facility Tours

Open facility tours for individuals or small groups are available on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 3:45pm. Each tour is limited to 30 people. By signing up ahead of time, you will ensure yourself a spot on a tour. Walk-ins are also permitted, but tour space is not guaranteed. Sign up here.

What to Expect

  • On most tours, you will see the Bee Lab's three main buildings, which include, the observation hive room, the teaching lab, and the honey extraction facility. Some of these and other rooms may be excluded from certain tours depending on lab research and apiary schedules. 
  • Tours start in the Barkman Honey Lobby located at the front (north end) of the Bee Lab. Look for the entrance next to the big, yellow hexagons.
  • Tours run 30 to 45 minutes in length.
  • All lab visitors will be required to sign a sting waiver upon arrival.


Parking restrictions in the orange and green lots surrounding the Bee Lab and Steinmetz Hall are lifted at 3:30pm on weekdays. When you come for a tour, you can park in any of these lots starting at 3:30pm. 

Group Tours

Larger group tours are available on a limited basis by request. Submit a tour request for groups here: https://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/honey-bee/honeybee-speaking-request-form/. Contact the Honey Bee Lab (honeybee@ifas.ufl.edu) with any questions.

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