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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Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch

Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts, this 15-acre living history museum offers a rare glimpse of daily life on an actual Southwest Florida ranch from the early 1900s. Displays... Read More

Region: South

County: Collier

City: Immokalee

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Ritz Theater

Located in a traditionally black commercial district in the La Villa neighborhood, this 1929 Art Deco style building housed a cinema, shops and offices. The Ritz and surrounding commercial... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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The Norman Studios

In the 1920s, Richard E. Norman (1891-1960) a white filmmaker and distributor of silent films, produced a number of works using all African American casts and crews. This was during... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Duval

City: Jacksonville

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The Old Jail

Now a museum, this 1893 red brick jail building contains the cells where black and white prisoners were once confined on the second floor. The central tower was used for hangings as... Read More

Region: Northeast

County: Hamilton

City: Jasper

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Fort East Martello Museum

Designed after the nearly impregnable coastal Martello watchtowers in Italy, the Fort East Martello was never completed and never saw hostile action. Its outer bulwark and inner citadel... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Follow a path once traveled by wreckers, pirates, and politicians to South Florida's most important historic building. The Custom House, built in 1891, served as a post office, court... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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The Oldest House Museum

The Oldest House in South Florida is located at 322 Duval Street in Key West. The house and gardens are free and open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm every day except Sunday and Wednesday.... Read More

Region: South

County: Monroe

City: Key West

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Lake Wales Depot Museum and Cultutal Center

Since opening in 1976, the Depot has evolved into a resource center for the collection, conservation, exhibition, and study of materials pertaining to the history of Lake Wales, Florida.... Read More

Region: Central

County: Polk

City: Lake Wales

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Treasures of Madison County Museum and Madison County Genealogical Library

Located in the restored 1890s W.T. Davis Building, these organizations promote the cultural heritage of Madison County through artifact, photographic, and genealogical collections.... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Madison

City: Madison

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Wardlaw-Smith-Goza House

Prominent Madison County citizen, Benjamin F. Wardlaw, began construction of this house in 1860. The home served as a temporary hospital for Confederate and Union wounded following... Read More

Region: Northwest

County: Madison

City: Madison

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