Situated in the heart of Midtown Tallahassee, the Goodwood Museum & Gardens is a charming 1840s antebellum estate with a house museum in Tallahassee that gives visitors a sense of Old Florida grace and splendor. Once the centerpiece of the 2,400-acre Goodwood Plantation, the Goodwood Museum has been beautifully restored to its former glory to offer visitors an opportunity to travel back in time to a bygone era. The Museum features original furnishings and antiques and an inviting front porch and is surrounded by exquisitely maintained lawns, gardens, and majestic oak trees. The Goodwood Museum & Gardens is a popular venue for special functions such as live music and performances, holiday events and antique shows.
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The Goodwood Plantation, also known as Old Croom Mansion, was a medium-sized cotton plantation established by Hardy Bryan Croom in the 1930s. The estate changed hands many times over the subsequent years until owner Thomas M. Hood undertook to restore the Goodwood estate to its former glory and open it as a house museum and public park in 1978. He donated the Goodwood Museum and Gardens as a memorial to his wife, Margaret E. Wilson, and today, the plantation is a historic house museum with 16 acres of magnificent gardens for the public to explore.
Collections / Exhibits
The Goodwood Museum & Gardens feature a variety of attractions for visitors to explore in and around the estate, including the main house and museum, which can be enjoyed on docent-led guided tours. Other buildings on the estate range from the Visitor’s Center, which was once the Old Kitchen, the Girl’s Cottage, the Laundry Cottage, Jubilee Cottage, Cline’s Cabin, the Woodhouse / Henhouses, Gray Cottage, the Old Greenhouse and the new greenhouse/nursery. There is also a café called Fanny’s Café, also known as the Rough House, a skating rink, a reflecting pool, the Carriage House and Conference Center, an aviary, a water tower, old clay tennis courts and a sunken garden.
The Goodwood Museum & Gardens hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, including performances on the lawn, free museum days, topiary-making workshops, art jams and more.
The Goodwood Museum & Gardens is located at 1600 Miccosukee Road in Tallahassee and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Gardens are open to the public during museum hours and are free to explore, and guided tours of the Goodwood Museum are offered Tuesday through Saturday at various times.
Other Local Attractions
Tallahassee offers a variety of attractions and activities for the whole family from arts and culture to outdoor recreation and sports. The Challenger Learning Center IMAX Theatre and Planetarium is located at the Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee that features a futuristic Space Mission Simulator and cutting-edge space station laboratory, a huge 50-foot dome Planetarium and the area’s largest IMAX® 3D Theatre. Forming part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education international network, the 32,000-square-foot Challenger Learning Center offers visitors the opportunity to learn about and explore the wild world of science and technology.
Surrounded by more than 50 acres of spectacular animal and plant life, the Tallahassee Museum is a privately funded wildlife park and museum in the Big Bend that has been established to educate the public about the wildlife of the North Florida region. Serving as an iconic landmark for more than half a century, the Tallahassee Museum is ranked one of Florida’s top museums, showcasing the wonders of Florida’s native wildlife, nature trails and native gardens in a variety of living exhibits. The Museum aims to inspire, encourage and educate visitors about North Florida’s natural environment, the fauna and flora that inhabit it and the importance of caring for the rich history and diverse cultural communities that surround it.
1600 Miccosukee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32308, Phone: 850-877-4202