Museum gives a unique look to state's past

About the Museum of Florida History

Wanda Richey, the public relations coordinator at the museum, talks about what the Museum of Florida History has to offer visitors.

The Museum of Florida History is the only museum that gives visitors a complete view of Florida from prehistoric times to the present.

To do this, the museum has permanent exhibits as well as several traveling exhibits. Permanent exhibits include World War II and Civil War era displays. Past exhibits have included “Voices of Florida Women,” “Seminole People of Florida” and “Visions of Paradise.”

The museum has about 60,000 visitors annually, and in 2010 people came from all 50 states.

On the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the museum puts on family programs where there are hands-on activities geared for all ages in a family. Every third Thursday of the month the museum stays open late and has live music. And on the forth Tuesday of every month starting at noon, the museum theatre hosts a local expert to discuss topics related to the History of Florida.

The museum is also home to a small cafe and a gift shop.

Inside the Museum of Florida History
The Museum of Florida History hosts exhibits dating from pre-historic to modern times.

Museum of Florida History's Hours of Operation

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday and Holidays from noon to 4:30 p.m. The third Tuesday of every month the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.


The Museum of Florida History is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Calhoun, at 301 East Park Avenue. Free visitor parking is available in an adjacent garage. The garage entrance is located off Bronough Street.

Entrance Fees

Free to everyone, but donations are accepted.

For more information call 850-245-6400 or visit the Museum of Florida History website.