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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Old Island Hotel

This building was constructed just prior to the Civil War in c.1859-1860 as the Parsons and Hale General Store. During the Civil War, one of the store owners, Captain John Parsons who... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Levy

City: Cedar Key

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Historic Smallwood Store

On the western edge of the Everglades and deep in the heart of the 10,000 Islands, Chokoloskee Island has been called one of Florida's last frontiers. Here at Historic Smallwood Store... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Chokoloskee

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Fort Christmas Museum

On December 25, 1837, a force of 2,000 U.S. Army soldiers and Alabama volunteers arrived near this spot to construct a fort which was aptly named. Fort Christmas was only one of over... Read More

Region: Central

County: Orange

City: Christmas

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Pinellas County African American History Museum

Headquartered in the former Curtis Elementary School, the museum serves as a research center for the study of African American culture and life and as lead sponsor of the Florida African... Read More

Region: Central

County: Pinellas

City: Clearwater

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The Townsend House

This building is the home of Clermont’s first black residents, James and Sally Townsend. The Townshend’s founded the St. Marks African Methodist Episcopal Church and established... Read More

Region: Central

County: Lake

City: Clermont

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The Florida Historical Society

Founded in 1856 in St. Augustine, the primary mission of the Florida Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and publish materials relating to the history of Florida and its peoples.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Brevard

City: Cocoa

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Coral Gables Merrick House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Coral Gables Merrick House was home to the Reverend Soloman G. Merrick, Althea Fink Merrick, and their six children. Existing today... Read More

Region: South

County: Dade County

City: Coral Gables

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Carver-Hill Museum and Fairview Park Complex

The Okaloosa Negro Civic Club established a neighborhood park in the early 1950s. When a new school was built in 1954, Carver-Hill, the old one-room frame lunchroom building was given... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Okaloosa

City: Crestview

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Old Davie School Historical Museum

The Davie School Foundation was established in 1984 to protect and restore the Davie School to the integrity of its earlier appearance. The Foundation in conjunction with the Town of... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Davie

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Bethune-Cookman University

In 1904, a very determined young black woman, Mary McLeod Bethune, opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls with $1.50, faith in God and five little... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Daytona Beach

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