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Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum [3D Photos]
station was built prior to 1900. It has been moved and
restored as a museum featuring historical artifacts and
items related to the history of Archer, Florida.
Located at the corner of Main and Magnolia Streets in
Micanopy Historical Museum
Historical Landmarks in Brevard County
Indian River Historical Cruise
North Brevard Historical Museum [Photo Tour]
museum features artifacts, antiques and documents related to
the history of Brevard County, Florida. Located at 301
S. Washington Avenue in Titusville, FL.
South Florida Railway Museum
A place to learn
about and experience the history of railroading and it's impact
on South Florida growth and progress. Located at 1300 W.
Hillsboro Beach Blvd in Deerfield Beach, FL.
Panhandler Pioneer Settlement
This living history
museum features a collection of 18 historical buildings.
The buildings were moved from their original locations
throughout Calhoun County and have been arranged on five acres
to replicate an idyllic farm community. Historic buildings
include 3 log cabins, the McClellan house, a general store,
blacksmith shop, firehouse, a Methodist Church and Doctor
Dowling's Office. Take a tour and take a step back in time
to a simpler time. Pioneer classes in blacksmithing,
basket weaving, fireplace cooking, making jam and jelly,
quilting, syrup making, woodstove cooking and more are ongoing
throughout the year. Building rentals are available for
weddings and events. Located inside Sam Atkins Park in
Collier County Naples Museum
recreated Seminole War fort, 2 historic cottages a Seminole
village, a working archaeology lab, and a 1910 steam
locomotive, one can take a step back in time to earlier days
in Collier County. Located at 3301 Tamiami Trail in
Everglades City Museum
the rich history of Everglades City and surrounding region.
105 West Broadway in Everglades City, Florida.
Immokalee Living History Museum
This 15 acre
living history museum gives you and idea of what life on a
Southwest Florida ranch was like in the early 1900s.
Located just off Main Street and Roberts Avenue West in
Naples Historical Society
Mission: Preserving our History and Heritage for the
Community and Future Generations to Enjoy.
We are the guardians of a rich and vibrant past. From
the simple elegance of the Palm Cottage™ house museum (built
in 1895) to the peaceful ambiance of The Norris Gardens, we
offer Naples’ most unique historical experience. Take a step
back in time strolling through one of our Gardens, like our
Shade Garden, or by taking a Walking Tour of the Third
Street Historic District, or just touring the Palm Cottage™
house museum…any tour will give you a glimpse into the
fascinating history and heritage of Naples. Once you’ve
experienced the charm and elegance of authentic Naples,
we’re confident you’ll want join us in our mission.
Located at 137 12th Avenue in South Naples, FL.
Smallwood Store Ole Indian Trading Post and Historic Museum
The Barnacle State Historic Site
Gold Coast Railroad Museum
find railroad memorabilia, artifacts and other historical
items and they will have a chance to ride in the cab of a
train locomotive. Located at 12450 S. W. 152nd Street
in Miami, FL.
Historical Museum of Southern Florida
Focused on the
history of Southern Florida, the museum brings history alive
through exhibits, artifacts and it's huge collection of over
1 million photographs and prints. The museum features
research archives. Located at 101 W. Flagler
Street in Miami, FL.
Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center
of Rhoda L. Martin]
learn about Mother Rhoda L. Martin, the founder of the
Jacksonville Beach Colored School which is housed inside the
walls of the Heritage Center. Located at 376 4th
Avenue South in Jacksonville Beach, FL.
This 1871 Greek Revival home is owned and
operated by the State of Florida through the University of West
Florida, and supported in part by the National Society of the
Colonial Dames of America in the state of Florida.
Visitors may tour the home and enjoy the period furnishings.
Located at 311 South Adams Street in Pensacola, FL.
Historic Pensacola Village and The T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida
Pensacola Historical Museum
Housed inside the 1886 Arbona Building in
downtown Pensacola, the museum is focused on the local history
of Pensacola, FL. Collections includes military exhibits,
a maritime gallery, Native American artifacts and many
historical items. Located at 115 E. Zaragosa Street in
Ximenex-Fatio House [History
The house was built
about 1798 by Andres Ximenez, a Spanish storekeeper.
Containing a brick oven, it holds the only original kitchen
structure remaining in NE Florida. In the 1820s the house
was remodeled and used as a boarding house. Today it has
been restored to depict an early 19th century inn. Located
at 20 Aviles Street in St. Augustine, FL.
The museum was
created to preserve the agricultural history of Florida.
In 1992, it was designated the Museum of Agriculture and Rural
History of the State of Florida. In 1997, the museum was
moved to it's present home on 460 acres in Flagler County and is
called the Florida Agricultural Museum. The museum is
active in preserving and conserving the agricultural past of
Florida and heritage livestock. Visitors will enjoy
an educational experience while learning about the agricultural
history of the state of Florida. Horseback riding is
offered on some of the most beautiful trails in Florida as well.
Located at 7900 Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, Florida.
Cracker Trail Museum and Village
The Cracker Trail Museum is focused on the
history of the Florida Crackers who were early cowboys who were
given the nickname "crackers" because of the cracking of whips
as they drove the cattle to market. The Cracker Trail
Museum features over 4500 historical items including an original
working blacksmith shop, a cracker house, post office and a 1914
Baldwin Locomotive. Hardee County is known as "Bone
Valley" due to the dinosaur bones found in the area. Many
of these are also on display in the museum. Located inside
Pioneer Park at the corner of State Road 64 West and Highway 17
South in Zolfo Springs, FL.
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum - Seminole Museum
Explore the history of the Seminole Indian Tribe
American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship
Ancient Native Village Living History Museum
Tampa Bay History Center
relatively new museum, visitors can learn about the history
of the Tampa Bay area through exhibits and dioramas.
Inside the three story atrium, visitors can take a stroll
through a 1920s cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River,
experience a cattle drive and learn about early Florida
exploration in a theater presentation. Located at 801
Old Water Street in Tampa, FL.
Jackson County Historical Sites and Sidewalk Tour
self-guided tour of the Marianna Historical District and the
community of Greenwood. The tour features 17 historical sites
which are significant in Marianna and 7 sites in Greenwood.
The historic sites include homes, churches, business
establishments and cemeteries. Tour guides are available
at the Historic Russ House which houses the Jackson County
Chamber of Commerce. Located at 4318 Lafayette Street in
The 19th century
Classical Revival style home of Joseph W. Russ is being restored
and will be opened to the public in the future. Located at
310 W. Lafayette Street in Marianna, FL.
Museum and Resort
Located in Weirsdale, Florida, the museum houses
over 170 European and American carriages with the diversity of
the simplest American hand cart to the elegant European state
The Citrus Tower and History Museum
Known as one of
Florida's first tourist attractions, the Citrus Tower is over
500 feet above sea level and has an enclosed observation deck
where visitors can take in a breathtaking view of the rolling
hills and lakes of Florida's ridge section. Located on the
highest hill in Florida at 141 N. Highway 27 in Clermont, FL.
Lady Lake Historical Society Museum
The museum is
focused on the time period from 1833 to present. Learn
about the log cabin, Seminole Indians and the history of Lady
Lake, Florida. The museum is located directly behind the
log cabin located on 441 in the center of the town of Lady Lake,
Lake County Historical Museum
Housed inside the
historic Lake County Courthouse, the museum is located on the
first floor. Explore interactive exhibits and learn about
Lake County history from the saber-toothed tiger, indigenous
peoples, Medal of Honor recipients, early life, industry and the
amazing array of famous (and infamous) Lake County residents and
visitors. Located at 317 Main Street in Tavares, FL.
Southwest Florida Museum of History
The history museum is housed in an old
railroad depot and located at 2300 Peck Street in Fort Myers,
FL. Features exhibits of Southwest Florida history.
Exhibits include Seminoles, Paleo, Calusa, Spanish explorers and
the early settlers of the area.
Florida Black Archives, Research Center and Museum
Housed in the
old 1907 Carnegie Library on the Florida A & M Uinversity
campus, the museum offers informative exhibits on the
history of Africa and African Americans. The Black
Archives has been open since 1977 and contains historical
documents and artifacts related to history of African
Americans. Location is the corner of Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Gamble Street on the campus of the
Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, FL.
Knott House Museum
home was built in 1843, serving as the home to attorney
Thomas Hagner. The house was used during the Civil War
in 1865 as a temporary headquarters for the Union and in
fact it is where the Emancipation Proclamation was announced
by Brigadier General Edward McCook. The home saw many
occupants until it was inherited by the Historic Tallahassee
Preservation Board in 1985. The home was renovated and
opened as a museum in 1992. Guided tours are offered.
Located at 301 E. Park Avenue in Tallahassee FL.
Museum of Florida History
Focused on the
history of Florida and it's cultures, the museum holds
artifacts and exhibits devoted to the history of Florida.
Located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 S. Bronough Street
in Tallahassee, FL.
Mission San Luis
history village and National landmark takes visitors back in
time to the days when Apalachee Indians Spaniards arriving
to the area where drawn together. Featuring both
Apalachee and Spanish artifacts from this historic site,
visitors will find a recreated community which includes an
Apalachee Council House, the Spanish Deputy Governor's home,
the friary and a church. Located at 2100 W. Tennessee
Street in Tallahassee, FL.
The Old Capitol Museum
Automobile and Collectibles Museum
features over 130 automobiles including antiques, horse
drawn vehicles, and even original Batmobiles. In
addition, visitors will find many historic items of
Americana. Located at 6800 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee,
Union Bank Museum
Built in 1841,
this is the oldest bank building in Florida. Today it
houses the Florida A&M University Black Archives, Research
Center and Museum. Located at the corner of Apalachee
Parkway and Calhoun Street in Tallahassee, FL.
Cedar Key Museum State Park
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
inside the 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse, the museum is focused on the
history of the Village of Cortez with special focus on it's
maritime and fishing history. Located at 4415 119th Street
West in Cortez, FL.
Manatee County Agricultural Museum
Focus of the
museum is on the agricultural history of Manatee County.
Exhibits include historical farm implements, tools, equipment
and photographs which depict the historical significance of
livestock, citrus, vegetable farming and commercial fishing in
Manatee County. Located at 1015 6th Street West in
Manatee Village Historical Park
features historical structures which have been restored from
Manatee County's past. Visitors will get a taste of what
life was like when the county was first settled.
Historical buildings inside the park include the 1903 Wiggins
General Store, Fogarty Boatworks, the 1912 Settlers House, the
original 1860 wooden county courthouse, a 1908 schoolhouse, a
1887 Church, and a cow hunter's bunkhouse. Visitors
strolling through the park and it's historical structures will
find themselves in an earlier day when there was no electricity
or automobiles in Manatee County. Located at 1404 Manatee
Avenue East in Bradenton, FL.
Palmetto Historical Park
Park provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the
history of Palmetto and the north side of the Manatee River as
they stroll through the complex of historical buildings.
Included are the 1914 Carnegie Library, an 1880 Post Office, a
small schoolhouse, a 1910 cottage, the Cypress House and
Library features a research library where visitors can do
family and historical research.
Museum features historical household items and furnishings
along with collections of antique radios, sewing machines
and the Jo Harrison Doll exhibit.
Military Museum features a collection of historical military
artifacts and recorded interviews with local WWII Veterans.
was built as a composite of three original churches in
Palmetto, Florida. The lovely structure is available
for rental. Call 941-723-4991 for rental information.
Historical Park is located at 515 10th Avenue West in Palmetto,
South Florida Museum
Focus of the South
Florida Museum is on the natural and cultural history of South
Florida. Visitors will find large collections of
scientific, historic and cultural objects which preserve a
natural and social record for posterity. Archaeological
exhibits of Native American pottery and artifacts along with
dinosaur bones and fossils from the ocean floor are featured.
More exhibits include medical history, maritime history,
historical photos, an aquarium and planetarium. Located at
201 10th St. W in Bradenton, FL.
Fort East Martello Museum and Gardens
the Civil War, Fort East Martello was never used for it's
intended purpose. Serving as a museum today, it
features large collections of historical documents and
artifacts related to the history of Key West. Included
is a collection of military memorabilia. Located at
3501 S. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West, Florida.
Fort Jefferson & Dry Tortugas National Park and Monument
Key West Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters Museum
Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum
Museum of Art and History at the Custom House
Amelia Island Museum of History
Housed in the historic Nassau County Jail on
Amelia Island, the museum features 4000 years of Florida history
along with a great
Air Force Armament Museum
Dedicated to the
preservation and exhibition of historical artifacts and
memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament. Exhibits
include antique aircraft, bombs, missiles, rockets, bunker
busters as used in Operation Desert Storm and more.
Located at 100 Museum Drive on Eglin AFT in Florida.
Baker Block Museum
Housed in an old
1908 General Store, the museum features a collection of
historical documents, artifacts and a research library of early
newspapers and genealogical material. Located at 1307
Georgia Avenue in Baker, FL.
Destin History and Fishing Museum
Visitors to this
museum will step back in time to the days when Destin was a
fishing village. On display, are fish of all kinds,
antique fishing paraphernalia, an antique fishing boat, and
historical photos of Destin settlers, boat captains, boats,
beach scenes and more. Located at 108 Stahlman Avenue in
Heritage Park and Cultural Center
Operated by the
City of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the park features a complex
of museums including the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Camp
Walton Schoolhouse Museum, the Garnier Post Office Museum, the
Fort Walton Temple Mound and the Civil War Exhibit building.
These represent the history of the Fort Walton Beach area from
prehistoric times to the 1950s.
Indian Temple Mound Museum
Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum
Garnier Post Office Museum
Civil War Exhibit Building
The museum complex
is located at 139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE in Fort Walton Beach,
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
Devoted to the
collection and preservation of historical artifacts and items
related to the history of NW Florida, the museum is housed
in what was originally the home of the Valparaiso State Bank.
Visitors will discover a research library and archives devoted
to the local history of Oskaloosa and Walton Counties on the
museum premises. Located at 115 Westview Avenue in
Indian Temple Mound Museum and Fort Walton Temple Mound
years of Native American history through artifacts and exhibits.
The collection is considered the finest in the Southeastern US.
The prehistoric temple mound is located on the museum grounds.
It is reported to have been built between 800 and 1400 AD by the
Mound Builders. Visitors will also find exhibits and
artifacts related to the early exploration of the area including
pirates, European explorers, CW soldiers and early settlers. It
is located inside the
Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center at 139
Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Maitland Historical Society offers the
following 4 historical musuems to take you back in Maitland
Maitland Historical Museum
2. The Telephone Museum
221 W. Packwood Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
Waterhouse Residence Museum
Waterhouse Carpentry Shop Museum
820 Lake Lily Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
Orange County Regional History Center
Housed inside the
1927 Orange County Courthouse of yesteryear, the museum offers
local history as far back as 12,000 years ago when the Paleo-Indians
roamed this area, through the history of citrus growing, and
right into the 20th century space exploration. Located at
65 East Central Blvd in Orlando, FL.
Museum of Military History
provides education and awareness about the American military
experience through interactive exhibits, workshops, lectures,
publications and outreach programs. Visitors will learn
about the American military heritage of all branches of the
service and experience heroic accounts of bravery and sacrifice
as told by those who fought for America's freedom. Located
at 5210 W. Irlo Bronson Highway in Kissimmee, Florida.
County Historical Museum / Osceola County Pioneer Village
The Pioneer Village
features several late 19th century structures to delight
visitors and depict life in the Kissimmee, Florida area when
citrus was king and folks lived off the land. Historical
buildings on the grounds include: The 1889 Lanier "Cracker
House"; a general store, a blacksmith shop; a one room
schoolhouse and a citrus packing house. Adjacent to
Shingle Creek, is the Mary Kendall Steffee Nature Preserve where
historical plants that were once used for medicinal purposes,
dyes and cooking still thrive. The Osceola County
Historical Museum itself, features historical artifacts and
exhibits related to history in Osceola County. The museum
also houses documents and records related to the history of
Osceola County dating back to the mid 1800s.
Research is free to the public but it is best to schedule a
time. Call 407-396-8444 to schedule research time.
Located at 4155 W. Vine in St. Kissimmee, FL.
|Palm Beach County
Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County Museum
Beach County History Online]
Operated by the
Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the museum is housed
inside the restored 1916 Courthouse. The museum holds
permanent and rotating exhibits related to the history of Palm
Beach County. The Historical Society of Palm Beach County
archives which is a valuable resource for researchers of
family history. Located at 300 N. Dixie Highway in
Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
Florida Pioneer Museum and Village
The Florida Pioneer
Museum is actually a complex of buildings which include a large
steel building which holds farm machinery, tools and vehicles,
Lacoochee one-room school, an 1878
church from Enterprise, and the Trilby Depot. Focus is
on the basic and simple values of our forefathers, the dignity
of labor and the value of craftsmanship. Located at 15602
Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City, FL.
Heritage Village [Virtual Tour]
Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History [Photo Gallery]
Lake Wales Depot Museum and Cultural Center
The depot was constructed in 1928 and has
served as a museum dedicated preserving and exhibiting the
history of Lake Wales, Florida. Located at 325 S. Scenic
Highway in Lake Wales, FL.
Interlachen Hall & Museum
The Historical Society of Interlachen, Florida
operates a museum on the first floor of the old Interlachen
Hall. Interlachen hall was originally built in 1892 to
replace the Town Hall.
information about Interlachen Hall. Located at 215
Atlantic Avenue in Interlachen, FL.
Santa Rosa County
Bagdad was once
a thriving port which was well known for yellow lumber
produced at the saw mill owned by Joseph Forsyth. With
the depression came depletion of natural resources and
once-thriving lumber business was gone. Today,
the village is being preserved and a museum is housed in the
New Providence Missionary Baptist Church building.
Other buildings in the complex include a post office which
is being restored, historic homes and the historic
Cemetery. The museum complex is located at 4512
Forsyth Street and the museum is located on Church Street.
Santa Rosa Virtual Museum
Historic Spanish Point
Historic Spanish Point is a fascinating 30-acre
museum overlooking beautiful Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey,
Sarasota County, Florida. Listed on the National Register of
Historic Places, the site preserves and interprets 5,000 years
Experience prehistory by stepping inside A Window to the Past;
an archaeology exhibition about the gulf coast regions earliest
inhabitants. Surround yourself on three sides by a 15 foot high
prehistoric shell mound, the only place in the Unites States
where this happens.
Explore Florida's pioneer life by touring a homestead house
built in 1901, a citrus packing house, the charming Mary's
Chapel and a pioneer cemetery. Reflect on the formal gardens
created in the early 1900s by Mrs. Potter Palmer as part of her
winter estate. Interact with a working maritime heritage
boatyard and take seasonal excursions on the Magic, a
reproduction of a 1906 motor launch.
Enjoy nature trails through native plant communities and
stunning views of Little Sarasota Bay from large boardwalks.
Relax in a dazzling Butterfly Garden which boasts blooms
year-round. Bring a picnic lunch and dine under the graceful
branches of a hundred year old Southern Magnolia.
The Visitors Center, in the restored 1920s era Osprey School,
features a Museum Store, an Orientation Theatre, Meeting Rooms
and Exhibit Gallery. Located at 337 N. Tamiami Trail
Osprey FL 34229.
Goldenrod Historical Society and Museum
Station and Museum is housed inside the old Goldenrod Fire
Station along with the Goldenrod Area Chamber of Commerce. The
museum holds historical artifacts and items related to the
history of the Goldenrod community which is an unincorporated
community which sits in part of both Orange and Seminole
Counties of Florida. Located at 4755 Palmetto Avenue in
Museum of Seminole County History
Focused on the
history of Seminole County, the museum is housed in a 1926
building once known as "The County Home" or "Old Folks Home".
Today, the historic building serves as the county museum.
Featured exhibits include several rooms furnished in period
furnishings and depicting early Sanford households, an early
schoolroom, early country store, agricultural artifacts and
other antiquities related to the history of Sanford.
Located at 300 Bush Blvd. in Sanford, Florida.
|St. Johns County
Maritime Museum Society
St. Augustine Museum of Weapons and Early American History
St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County Historical Museum
The museum offers a glimpse into the historic
past of St. Lucie County and the surrounding area through
exhibits and a small research library which is open by
appointment. Located at 414 Seaway Drive in Fort
||Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station
Designated as a National Historic
Landmark in 1998, the 120 year old lighthouse, known as the
tallest lighthouse in Florida is open to the public year round.
Visitors who make their way to the top of the tower are treated
to a panoramic view of the Florida coastline. The
lighthouse keeper's home and other buildings surrounding the
lighthouse, form the museum. The museum features exhibits
about the lighthouse, history of the area, shipwrecks and holds
lighthouse artifacts. is Located 12 miles south of Daytona Beach
at 4931 S. Peninsula Drive in Ponce Inlet, FL.
San Maros de Apalache Historic State Park
Through archaeological excavations
and studies, it has been concluded that San Marcos de Apalache
is the second oldest surviving Spanish fort in Florida.
The museum at San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park
features displays, programs and historical artifacts to educate
visitors about the past of this important landmark fort.
Located off of State Road 363 on Old Fort Road in St. Marks, FL.
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