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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Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum

In the spring of 1861, Confederate authorities dismantled and removed the first-order Fresnel lens from the 1859 Pensacola Lighthouse. During the Union bombardment of Pensacola in November... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Panhandle Pioneer Settlement

Take a step back through time on 40 pristine acres, filled with restored and replicated buildings to demonstrate the wasy of pioneer farmstead living unique to NW Florida.

Region: Northwest

County: Calhoun

City: Blountstown

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Pensacola Museum of Art

The Museum’s Permanent Collection comprises 20th- and 21st- century works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Baskin, Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Louis... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Presidio Santa Mariá de Galve

Spain established Presidio Santa María de Galve on a high bluff overlooking Pensacola Bay in 1698 to ward off French encroachment into Florida from Mobile to the west. The Presidio... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Escambia

City: Pensacola

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Science & Discovery Center of Northwest Florida

The Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida will educate and inspire children and adults through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs that promote discovery of science,... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City

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The Emerald Coast Science Center

Enjoy a unique and inspiring museum filled with more than 200 touchable, workable exhibits, including a nature discovery room, an air cannon, color and light exhibits and holograms.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Fort Walton Beach

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Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida

The Visual Arts Center is located in downtown Panama City and is viewed as “the anchor” of the revitalization of downtown Panama City as well as one of the major cultural organizations... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Bay

City: Panama City

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Wakulla History Museum & Archives

Operated by the Wakulla County Historical Society, the museum and archives are located in the 1949 Old Wakulla County Jail building. The museum contains an exhibit on Roderick Donald... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Crawfordville

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Florida Historic Capitol

Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Historic Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Goodwood Museum and Gardens

The Goodwood estate was assembled in the 1830s by Hardy Croom of North Carolina. Plans for a full-time Florida residence were dashed when he, his wife and three children perished in... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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