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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House of Refuge Museum at Gilbert's Bar

One of ten Houses of Refuge built by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1876, this is the only one that remains. Today it stands as a museum celebrating early peoples, life saving efforts,... Read More

Region: South

County: Martin

City: Stuart

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Fort Gadsden Historic Site

Sited on the east bank of the Apalachicola River on Prospect Bluff, the known military use of this location dates back to the 1814 construction of a British post. After the British... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Franklin

City: Sumatra

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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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Mission San Luis

Archaeological Site and Living History Museum. Mission San Luis transports visitors to a community where Apalachee Indians and Spaniards were drawn together by religion, military and... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Tallahassee Museum

The Tallahassee Museum provides experiential learning opportunities on the natural and cultural heritage of the Tallahassee region and plays a vital role in creating a sense of place.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Leon

City: Tallahassee

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Henry B. Plant Museum

When you’re building a railroad to nowhere, how do you make the journey worthwhile? …. If you’re railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant, in the midst of the sand swamps that would... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Tampa

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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Recognized as the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features 1,500 animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats. Guests... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Tampa

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The Florida Aquarium

Discover over 10,000 aquatic plants & animals from Florida and the entire globe! Encounter sharks, rays, gators, river otters, rare sea dragons, a giant green sea turtle & more.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Tampa

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University of South Florida Botanical Garden

The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences. It consists of about 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt... Read More

Region: Central

County: Hillsborough

City: Tampa

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Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer and birds. Daily guided... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Wakulla

City: Wakulla Springs

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