Museums

Florida is the home to hundreds of museums covering every topic, from children’s discovery centers to major art, science and technology museums hosting world-class collections, as well as historic homes detailing the lives of their famous owners.  

Some of Florida’s most notable collections include the Florida History Museum, 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.  Also, the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg has the largest collection of work by the renowned Spanish surreal artist, Salvador Dalí outside of Spain. The collections and curiosities of such Florida notables as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford (Edison and Ford Winter Estates) and James Deering (Vizcaya) are also on view in their homes in South Florida.  These are just a few examples, but there are many more to discover.

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Davis-West House, Chipola Historical Trust Museum

Constructed in c.1840 for local merchant John Davis, it became the home of Dr. Theophilus West upon his marriage to Davis’ widowed daughter in March 1861. In May 1861, Dr. West enlisted... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Jackson

City: Marianna

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Museum and Library of the 2506 Assault Brigade

Preserve the historical events that occurred at the Bay of Pigs, the foreign political policy changes that took effect after the event and the changes in the lives of millions of people... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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The Lyric Theater

Prominent black entrepreneur Geder Walker built this masonry vaudeville and movie theater in 1913. Once one of the major centers of entertainment for blacks, this building is the lone... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Miami

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Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center

The Moore Memorial Park, on the property of the original Moore family home site, honors the lives of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, educators and leading local and national civil... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Mims

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Naples Depot Museum

Set in Naples' restored Seaboard Air Line Railway passenger station, the Naples Depot Museum welcomes visitors back to the railroading boom days of the Roaring Twenties and explains... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Naples

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West Pasco Historical Society Museum and Library

Originally Seven Springs Schoolhouse, built in 1915, where children had to bring their own desks to school, examples of which are shown in the Museum. The Frierson family used the building... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pasco

City: New Port Richey

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St. Rita's Black History Museum

The Old Sacred Heart/St. Rita (Colored) Mission Church building, constructed in 1899, was one of the few houses of worship for black Roman Catholics in this area, and the only one left... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: New Smyrna Beach

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Withers Maguire House

The home was built in 1888 by General William T. Withers. His widow, Martha, sold the house to David Maguire in 1910. The House was purchased by the City of Ocoee Florida in 1983 and... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Ocoee

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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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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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