Museums

Northwest Florida is home to many museums covering the arts and sciences, the diverse culture and history of Florida's panhandle region and historic homes detailing the lives of their famous owners.  

Some of northwest Florida’s most notable collections are on display at the Museum of Florida History, which houses some of Florida’s most precious collections of early artifacts, some dating 12,000 years ago, as well as incredible collections from shipwrecks and interpretations of Florida’s fascinating 500 years of history.  The collections and curiosities of such northwest Florida notables as John Gorrie (inventor of air conditioning, Apalachicola) and John G. Riley (Tallahassee) are also on view in their homes.  These are just a few examples, but there are many more to discover.

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Gadsden Arts Center

The Gadsden Arts Center was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1994 to provide exhibitions of fine art and art education to the people of Gadsden County, which is diverse,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Gadsden

City: Quincy

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Gulf Coast Community College Art Gallery

Gulf Coast State College Amelia Center Gallery offers a variety of art exhibitions, lectures, and events, which reflect the amazing diversity and vitality of contemporary art, Exhibitions... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City

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Historic Pensacola Village: T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum

Located in the restored 1908 Old City Hall building, the Wentworth Museum contains exhibits on local history including “The Coming of Civil War” exhibit on the first floor and a... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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John G. Riley House

The John G. Riley house represents the thriving black neighborhood that once existed in what is now the downtown area of Tallahassee. John Gilmore Riley was a black educator and civic... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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John Gorrie State Museum

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Apalachicola

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John Hargrove Motor Car Museum

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City

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Julee Cottage Museum

This simple, wood-frame building, built around 1804, is Pensacola’s only surviving “to the sidewalk” construction. It belonged to Julee Patton, a free woman of color, who purchased... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Man in the Sea Museum

The Man in the Sea Museum illustrates early attempts to work underwater through interpretive drawings, dioramas and written records. The large collection of rare diving equipment highlights... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City Beach

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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries at Northwest Florida State College

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are located at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. The McIlroy Gallery and the Holzhauer Gallery change exhibitions every four... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Niceville

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National Naval Aviation Museum

Established in 1962, the National Museum of Naval Aviation is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Exhibits include over 140 restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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