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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DeBary Hall Historic Site

Owned by the State of Florida and managed by the County of Volusia, DeBary Hall was built in 1871 and restored in the 1990's. This Italianate style hunting retreat tells its story through... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: DeBary

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James D. and Alice Butler House Museum

In 1910, Deerfield Beach gained two new citizens who would have a lasting impact on the community.  James D. Butler and his wife, Alice came from Texas. This Mediterranean... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Deerfield Beach

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DeLand House Museum/Memorial Hospital Museum at Bill Dreggors Park

The Henry A. DeLand House Museum was built in 1886 by the founding father of the City, Henry Addison DeLand, a native of New York. The house and property was purchased in 1895 by DeLand's... Read More

Region: Central

County: Volusia

City: Deland

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Cason Cottage Museum

Come to 5 NE First Street, just north of Old School Square, and step back in time on a tour of Cason Cottage Museum. The tour features local history, South Florida lifestyle, climate,... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Delray Beach

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Delray Beach Historical Society, Inc.

The Delray Beach Historical Society site at the corner of N.E. First St. & N. Swinton Ave. consists of 3 restored houses. Cason Cottage Museum is a house museum reflecting South... Read More

Region: South

County: Palm Beach

City: Delray Beach

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Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society's Fort Lauderdale History Center offers insight into local pioneer history through permanent and temporary exhibits, research archives, original 1900s... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Fort Lauderdale

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Stranahan House

The STRANAHAN HOUSE was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first school teacher. It... Read More

Region: South

County: Broward

City: Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Meade Historical Museum

Located in the restored c.1885 Old Fort Meade School House, this museum features an extensive collection of area artifacts. During the Civil War, Fort Meade was an important Confederate... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Fort Meade

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Williams Academy Black History Museum

The first Williams Academy, built in 1913, was a two-story building located between Anderson Avenue and Lemon Street. It was the site of the first government-funded, black school in... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers

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Mound House: Historic and Archaeological Site

The oldest standing structure on Fort Myers Beach sits on the crest of a Calusa shell mound overlooking Estero Bay. Walk inside the mound to view an underground archaeological exhibit... Read More

Region: South

County: Lee

City: Fort Myers Beach

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