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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Mote Aquarium

From its humble beginnings in tiny shed in a small Florida town, Mote Marine Laboratory has expanded to include a 10.5-acre campus in Sarasota, Fla., with field stations and public... Read More

Region: South

County: Sarasota

City: Sarasota

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Castillo de San Marcos

Unique among national parks, the Castillo de San Marcos, a national monument, encompasses nearly 450 years of history and culture. A few years after Menéndez founded St. Augustine... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Dow Museum of Historic Houses, Old St. Augustine Village

Step back in time and enjoy the St. Augustine legacy of avid collector Kenneth Dow. Explore period-decorated historic houses and galleries nestled among courtyards and gardens. The... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Fort Matanzas National Monument

This National Monument commemorates the killing of nearly 250 French Huguenots by the Spanish, an act that gave the river and inlet the name Matanzas, Spanish for slaughters. Spanish... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Fort Mose Historic State Park

In 1693 King Charles II of Spain decreed runaway slaves were to be given sanctuary in his colonies. Black fugitives from the British Colonies made their way south and fought against... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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Nombre de Dios Mission

The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine in 1565. It was here that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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The Oldest House Museum Complex, including The Llambias House Garden

Managed by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the site features the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in Florida, the National Historic Landmark Gonzalez-Alvarez House.... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: St. Johns

City: St. Augustine

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San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

Located at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla Rivers, Native Americans used the site of Fort San Marcos de Apalache for thousands of years. The fort was built by the Spanish... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: St. Marks

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Camp Blanding Museum & Memorial Park

Camp Blanding was a major U.S. Army training facility during the Second World War. It was originally established as a state-owned training reservation in 1939 for the Florida National... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Bradford

City: Starke

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Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center

The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is located on Hutchinson Island. Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57 acre parcel houses the Society's headquarters,... Read More

Region: South

County: Martin

City: Stuart

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