The Museum of Florida History is dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of the state of Florida. Housed in the R. A. Gray Building on Bronough Street in Tallahassee
Things to Do in Tallahassee: Museum of Florida History
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Established by the Florida Legislature in 1967 and opened to the public in 1977, the Museum of Florida History is a cultural centerpiece that is renowned for its innovative and award-winning exhibit designs and engaging educational programs and special events. The museum is open to the public 363 days a year and attracts more than 58,000 visitors annually.
Collections / Exhibits
The Museum of Florida History features a variety of revolving exhibits inspired by artifact, objects, and items from the Museum’s collection of over 45,300 artifacts. These exhibits are housed in the R. A. Gray Building, which features a 27,000-square-foot gallery with more than 3,000 square feet of evolving exhibition space. Permanent exhibits present Florida’s rich and diverse history from the prehistoric era to the mid-20th century and include presentations such as ‘Florida in the Civil War,’ ‘World War II,’ ‘Naval Ships Named Florida,’ and ‘Forever Changed: La Florida 1513 – 1821.’ The R. A. Gray Building is also home to Florida's World War II Living Memorial.
The Museum of Florida History also operates the Knott House Museum, a historic house built in 1843 and beautifully restored to reflect a house from the 1930s. Located in downtown Tallahassee, the Knott House Museum was once the temporary headquarters of the Union Army in Tallahassee, and the famous Emancipation Proclamation was read from the steps of this very building in 1865, declaring absolute freedom for all slaves in the state of Florida.
The Museum of Florida History offers a variety of educational programs, lessons plans and workshops, internships, and educational resources for visitors of all ages. Programs include the Florida History Fair Program, the Florida Heritage Education Program, lesson plans and workshops for teachers, the Traveling Exhibits (TREX) Program, Florida History Day, and internships for history scholars and students. Community Outreach programs include ‘Destination: Florida,’ ‘My Symbols, My State, My Florida,’ and ‘Survival: Florida’ and are available to all schools in Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Jefferson Counties.
The Museum of Florida History is located at 500 S. Bronough in Tallahassee and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Sundays and holidays from noon to 4:30 pm. The Florida History Shops can be found in the Main Gallery, Old Capitol, and new Capitol and offer an array of items related to Florida history and nature, including books, artwork and crafts, cards and posters, toys and games, clothing, and other souvenirs. The Egg Express café serves a menu light breakfast and lunch offerings throughout the day.
500 S. Bronough, Tallahassee, FL 32399, Phone: 850-245-6400
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