MIAMI MUSEUMS


 

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum
30290 Josie Billie Hwy, PMB 1003, Clewiston, FL 33440, USA/ 1877.902.1113/ www.ahtahthiki.com

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki is a museum of Seminole culture and history, located on the Big Cypress Indian Reservation in Hendry County, Florida. The museum is owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The museum opened in 1997. It has been designated a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The museum maintains The Seminole Indian Library and Archives in order to preserve and make accessible Seminole and Native American history for use by scholars and the general public. Holdings include: government documents dating from the early 1800s to mid 1900s covering 60 Native American tribes; an newspaper collection; The Ethel Cutler Freeman Collection (photography); The Boehmer Photographs Collection; The Brown Family Letters Collection; and various tribal memorabilia. The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum Oral History Program preserves Seminole history, memory, and culture through recording the spoken word. The oral history collection includes interviews conducted in Miccosukee and Creek language. Open: Daily, 9 am - 5 pm.

 

 
 

Air Force Armament Museum
100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB, FL 32542, USA/ 1850.882.4062/ www.afarmamentmuseum.com

The Air Force Armament Museum, adjacent to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. Founded in 1975, it was originally located in a converted gymnasium on the northeastern edge of the Eglin main base, adjacent to Valparaiso, Florida. Visitors can view a variety of historical Air Force planes, from a World War II B-17 bomber to an F-4 Phantom II jet. A wide variety of bombs, missiles, and rockets are exhibited, including the newest air-to-air missile, the AMRAAM, and the GBU-28 bunker-buster developed for use during Operation Desert Storm. Other missiles include the Paveway series, Falcons, the Tomahawk, Mace, Hound Dog, radar-controlled, laser-controlled and several guided by a TV camera in the nose. Also on display is the GBU-43 MOAB, Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or by its nickname, "Mother of All Bombs", the world's largest conventional explosive weapon. A predecessor, the T12 38,600 lb. demolition bomb, is displayed outside, while a Fat Man casing is indoors. Open: Mon - Sat, 9:30 am - 4: 30 pm.

 

 
 

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399/ 1850.245.2157/ www.floridastateparks.org

The Alfred B. Maclay State Gardens is a 1,176-acre (4.76 km2) Florida State Park, botanical garden and historic site, located in Tallahassee, in northwestern Florida. The address is 3540 Thomasville Road. The gardens are also a U.S. historic district known as the Killearn Plantation Archeological and Historic District. It received that designation on August 16, 2002. According to the National Register of Historic Places, it contains 18 historic buildings, 4 structures and 4 objects.

 
 

Amelia Island Museum of History
233 S 3rd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA/ 1904.261.7378/ ameliamuseum.org

The Amelia Island Museum of History is located at 233 South Third Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida. It houses exhibits focusing on the history of Nassau County, Florida and is situated inside the old Nassau county jail. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 18, 2009. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, 1 pm - 4 pm.

 
 
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American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
6350 Horizon Dr, Titusville, FL 32780, USA/ 1321.264.0911/ www.aphf.org

The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum is located at 6350 Horizon Drive just south of Titusville, Florida, adjacent to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. It houses law enforcement exhibits, a memorial and a Hall of Fame. It is the nation's first national police museum and a memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The museum was founded in 1960 in North Port, Florida by Gerald Arenberg. It was his dream to build a memorial to honor all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep the peace, to protect, and to serve. The museum was moved from North Port to the former FBI building in Miami, Florida in 1990. This building had 3 floors, housing the museum on the first 2 floors and the administration offices on the 3rd floor. By 2000 this facility became too small to house the growing number of exhibits, as well as the growing number of names in the memorial. In 2001, building began on the museum in Titusville. This facility opened in May, 2003. Open: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm.

 
 

American Water Ski Educational Foundation Hall of Fame and Museum
1251 Holy Cow Rd, Polk City, FL 33868, USA/ 1863.324.2472/ www.usawaterskifoundation.org

American Water Ski Educational Foundation Hall of Fame and Museum, also known as the Water Ski Hall of Fame a museum and hall of fame in Polk City, Florida dedicated to the sport of water skiing. Its exhibitions include water ski and boating memorabilia and historical information about the sport. The museum also covers water ski jumping and wakeboarding. It is operated by the U.S. Water Ski Foundation. It is located at 1251 Holy Cow Road.

 

 
 
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Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, USA/ 1561.832.5196/ www.norton.org

The Norton Museum of Art is an art museum located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Its collection includes over 7,000 works, with a concentration in European, American, and Chinese art as well as in contemporary art and photography. In 2003, it overtook the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in Sarasota, as the largest museum in Florida.

 
 

Anna Maria Island Museum and Historical Park
402 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, Florida 34216, USA/ 1941.778.0492/ www.amihs.org

A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Complex is a trip back into Florida history. The Island has a vast and rich history beginning with its earliest times as an Indian fishing camp, to the arrival of the Spanish in 1530, to the Island’s first homesteader George Emerson Bean in 1893 and his son Wilhelm’s development of the first tract of land along with “Fig Newton” inventor Charles Roser. The Anna Maria Island Historical Society’s [AMIHS] beautifully restored complex interprets the Island’s history through its museum, City Jail, Belle Haven [cracker] Cottage and the Mangrove Walk’s indigenous garden. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Appleton Museum of Art
4333 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala, Florida, USA/ 1352.291.4455/ www.appletonmuseum.org

The Appleton Museum of Art is an art museum located in Ocala, Florida. It is affiliated with and governed by the College of Central Florida and has been since 2004. The Appleton Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of around 18,000 works including art and artifacts representative of European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian styles. It also displays certain exhibits on a temporary basis throughout the year. The museum is working to amass a collection of works specifically from Florida artists to represent the history and progression of Central Florida culture. Over time, the Appleton Museum of Art has established itself as a leading art museum in the South. Open: Tue - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Armed Forces History Museum
2050 34th Way North, Largo, FL 33771, USA/ 1727.539.8371/ armedforcesmuseum.com

The Armed Forces History Museum (AFHM) is a 501(c), non-profit museum in the city of Largo in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, United States. The museum opened in August 2008, with 35,000 sq. ft. of indoor displays and an additional 15,000 sq. ft. of outdoor viewing space. The AFHM houses historical memorabilia including fully restored, fully operational jeeps, tanks, halftracks and armor. The museum also has a large replica of Chuck Yeager's Supersonic Jet Bell X1, the aircraft he used to break the sound barrier. Open: Tue - Sat, 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, 12 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020, USA/ 1954.921.3274/ artandculturecenter.org

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is an arts venue in Hollywood, Florida at 1650 Harrison Street in Broward County. The Center presents contemporary visual and performing arts shows and includes an adjacent art school and the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center at 1770 Monroe Street (US 1 and Monroe Street). Annually, the Art and Culture Center provides programming which impacts more than 50,000 South Florida residents and visitors. Its adult and children’s visual and performing arts education programs celebrate creativity and excellence, while its innovative exhibitions, films and performances introduce fresh perspective to the arts. Educational programming includes adult, children’s and youth arts classes, after-school and outreach programs, camps, and other art curricula that meet Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. Open: Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm.

 
 

ArtCenter South Florida
924 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA/ 1305.674.8278/ www.artcentersf.org

The mission of ArtCenter/South Florida is to support artists and advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida. ArtCenter creates opportunities for experimentation and innovation, and encourages the exchange of ideas across cultures through residencies, exhibitions, public programs, education and outreach. Open: Mon - Fri, 11 am - 7 pm; Sat, Sun, 12 am - 8 pm.

 
 

Atlantic Center for the Arts
1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168, USA/ 1386.427.6975/ atlanticcenterforthearts.org

Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility providing artists an opportunity to work and collaborate with contemporary artists in the fields of composing, visual, literary, and performing arts. Community interaction is coordinated through on-site and outreach presentations, workshops and exhibitions. The ACA is located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. The complex was designed by the Boston-based firm Thompson and Rose Architects. Atlantic Center has often been the starting point for new works which go on to be shown at national museums and performance centers such as the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Spoleto Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Modern Art, and Bang on a Can. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm; Sat, 10 am - 2 pm.

 

 
 

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

205 Whitehead St, Key West, Florida, USA/ 1305.294.2116/ audubonhouse.com

Audubon visited the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas in 1832. Audubon left Key West having sighted and drawn 22 new birds for his "Birds of America" folio. It is believed that many of those drawings were conceived in the Audubon House garden. Audubon's painting of the white-crowned pigeon features the Geiger tree found in the front yard of the house.The 19th-century home was built by Captain John H. Geiger, licensed harbor pilot and master wrecker, who lived in the house with his wife and nine children. It was an era when shipwrecks occurred daily on the off-shore reef. It was a time of pirates and yellow fever, slave ships and Indian wars. Open: Daily, 9:30 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, USA/ 1239.395.2233/ www.shellmuseum.org

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a museum devoted to every aspect of seashells, conchology, and malacology, including the paleontological and archeological/anthropological aspects of the study of shells. The museum is located in the city of Sanibel on Sanibel Island on the Gulf of Mexico coast of Southwest Florida. The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum opened to the public in 1995, and operates as an information and reference center for national and international scientists, students, and shell enthusiasts, particularly those who are interested in the marine, terrestrial, and freshwater mollusks of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. The Museum, which is a facility of the Shell Museum and Educational Foundation, Inc., received its first accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in March 2010. Daily, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

The Barnacle Historic State Park

3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133, USA/ 1305.442.6866/ www.thebarnacle.org

The Barnacle Historic State Park is a 5-acre (2.0 ha) Florida State Park in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida at 3485 Main Highway. Built in 1891, it is the oldest house in its original location in Miami-Dade County. The Barnacle was the home of Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of Coconut Grove’s founders, as well as founder and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club. He was also a leading designer of sailing yachts. The Florida Park Service acquired the remaining 5 acres (20,000 m2) of Munroe's original 40-acre (160,000 m2) homesite from his descendants in 1973. The Barnacle Historic State Park is served by the Miami Metrorail at the Douglas Road and the Coconut Grove stations. Open: Fri - Mon, Wed, 9 am - 5 pm; Thu, 9 am - 7 pm.

 
 

Bass Museum

2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA/ 1305.673.7530/ www.thebass.org

The Bass Museum of Art is a contemporary art museum located in Miami Beach, Florida in the United States. The Bass is currently closed for renovations and opens to the public in 2017. During renovations, The Bass Projects has operated a temporary exhibition space at the Miami Beach Regional Library (227 22nd Street). The Bass Museum of Art was founded in 1964 through the donation of a private collection by John and Johanna Bass to the City of Miami Beach. The museum opened in what was formerly the Miami Beach Public Library and Art Center, a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Russell Pancoast, grandson of Miami Beach pioneer John Collins. The building was placed on the National Register in 1978.

 
 
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Boca Raton History Museum

Town Hall, 71 N Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33432, USA/ 1561.395.6766/ www.bocahistory.org

The Boca Raton History Museum is located at 71 North Federal Highway (U.S. 1) in downtown Boca Raton, Florida. Sponsored by the Boca Raton Historical Society, whose offices and library are located there, it is also the welcome center for Boca Raton. The building it is housed in was Boca Raton's original town hall, which began as a commission in 1926 to well-known architect Addison Mizner, designated by the Boca Raton Council as town planner; some of his elegant details have been preserved, together with antiques, some of them Spanish, from his collection. (Because of Mizner's bankruptcy later that year, the building was completed by architect William E. Alsmeyer.) It also housed Boca's first fire bay (fire station), which now houses the museum's gift shop, Boca Raton's police station, and its first library. A small second floor, not currently (2016) open to the public, provided housing for the fire chief. The Boca Express Train Museum, a few blocks away, is also operated by the Historical Society. Open: Mon - Fri, 10 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Boca Raton Museum of Art

501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432, USA/ 1561.392.2500/ www.bocamuseum.org

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is located at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Florida in Mizner Park. It houses works of art by a number of the great masters. The museum opened on January 24, 2001, totally debt-free. "The Museum plays a key role in enhancing the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of Boca Raton and its surrounding communities." The Boca Museum of Art features an assortment of traveling exhibitions and permanent collections from established and rising artists. It offers educational programs, artist lectures, films, classes for children, and events. The museums see more than 200,000 patrons annually, making it a major cultural institution in Boca Raton and the surrounding area. The museum promotes sketching in the galleries and even provides clipboards, sketch books, and pencils at the front desk. Open: Tue, Wed, Fri, 10 am - 5 pm; Thu, 10 am - 8 pm; Sat, Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, Florida, USA/ 1863.676.1408/ boktowergardens.org

Bok Tower Gardens (also known as Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower) is a National Historic Landmark, contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida, United States. It consists of a 250-acre (100 ha) garden, the 205-foot (62 m) tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet (90 m) above sea level. It is a National Historic Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open: Daily, 8 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Bonnet House

900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA/ 1954.563.5393 / www.bonnethouse.org

The Bonnet House (also known as the Bartlett Estate) is a historic home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It is located at 900 Birch Road. On July 5, 1984, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is named after the Bonnet Lily. The property was originally acquired in 1895 by Hugh Taylor Birch, a successful Chicago lawyer, and given to his daughter Helen and her husband, artist Frederic Clay Bartlett, as a wedding gift in 1919. Bartlett built a plantation-style home on the property and wintered there with his wife and child from a previous marriage, Frederic Jr, until Helen died in 1925. Bartlett then married Evelyn Fortune Lilly, ex-wife of Eli Lilly, and they continued to use the home as a winter residence until his death in 1953 and hers in 1997. She deeded the property in 1983 to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, which maintains the property as a historic house museum called the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Open: Tue - Sun, 9 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory

1519 Clearlake Rd. Bldg. 19, Cocoa, FL 32922, USA/ 1321.433.7373/ www.visitflorida.com

The BCC Planetarium & Observatory offers several unique ways to explore the universe. The Science Quest Exhibit Hall features hands-on exhibits and displays. Shock your friends with the Van de Graaff Electrostatic Generator and directly observe the Earth's rotation at the Foucault Pendulum. The 70-foot domed planetarium theater reproduces the starry sky using a first-of-its-kind dual projection system combining Minolta Infinium and Digistar II star projectors. See the real night sky through one of the largest telescopes in Florida! Our rooftop observatory is home to 12 and 24 inch reflectors and a superb 6-inch refractor providing exceptionally crisp images of lunar craters, the rings of Saturn, or the moons of Jupiter. The action springs to life in our Discovery Movie Theater.

 
 

Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science

2201 Michigan Ave, Cocoa, FL 32926, USA/ 1321.632.1830/ myfloridahistory.org

The Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science is located at 2201 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa, Florida. The 14,750 sq/ft facility houses artifacts from the region. The displays included a Florida timeline and rotating temporary exhibits. The museum features the remains of the "Windover Man", the oldest human remains found on the North American continent, and a re-creation of the Windover Dig, a "wet" archaeological site. A visitor may see how Native Americans lived and Florida pioneers survived. As of 2013, the museum had over 3,000 artifacts. Open: Thu - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park

3501 S. Old Kings Rd., Bunnell, FL 32110, USA/ 1386.517.2084/ www.floridastateparks.org

Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park is a Florida State Park in Flagler Beach, Florida. It is three miles west of Flagler Beach on CR 2001, south of SR 100, and contains the ruins of an ante-bellum plantation and its sugar mill, built of coquina sedimentary rock, made up of crushed shells. It was the largest plantation in East Florida. Activities include hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, canoeing and kayaking, and picnicking. Amenities include a 6.8 mile hiking trail, a boat ramp, and a screened picnic pavilion. Bulow Creek is recognized as a State Canoe Trail. The park's interpretive center features original artifacts and exhibits about the Bulow Plantation. Open: Thu - Mon, 9 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Butterfly World

3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33073, USA/ 1954.977.4400/ butterflyworld.com

Butterfly World is located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, Florida, United States. It opened in 1988, and is the largest butterfly park in the world, and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The facility houses around 5000 live butterflies. Butterfly World opened on March 28, 1988. Since then it has expanded to include the largest free flight hummingbird aviary in the United States, a Lorikeet Encounter, and an aviculture research center. Open: Mon - Sat, 9 am - 5 pm; Sun, 11 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33905/ 1239.275.3435/ calusanature.org

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is a non-profit environmental education organization in Fort Myers, Florida. Located on 105 acres, the Center includes a natural history museum with live native and teaching animals, and exhibits about the animals, plants and environment of Southwest Florida. There are three nature trails, a planetarium, butterfly house, and a bird aviary with rehabilitated birds of prey. There is also a gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas. Open: Mon - Sat, 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, 11 am - 4 pm.

 
 

Camp Gordon Johnston Museum

1001 Gray Ave, Carrabelle, Florida, USA/ 1850.697.8575/ www.campgordonjohnston.com

Early in 1995 a group of North Florida people began speculating on the possibility of forming a Camp Gordon Johnston Association and holding reunions of men and women who served there. It was soon discovered that a whole lot of people were electrified by the idea, and we began holding regular meetings in Lanark Village or Carrabelle. Result: a smashing first reunion March 1-3, 1996 and a committment to hold annual reunions each March for the foreseeable future. The reunions so far have been great fun and well-attended. They came to Camp Gordon Johnston from every state in the Union during World War II and they're coming from every state for the reunions.

 
 

Cape St. George Light

2B East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328, USA/ 1850.927.7745/ www.stgeorgelight.org

The Cape St. George Light is a 72-foot (22 m) high brick lighthouse which had originally stood for 153 years on St. George Island, Florida, until toppling into the Gulf of Mexico October 22, 2005. The pieces of the lighthouse were retrieved, and in April 2008, the light's restoration was completed. Open: Mon - Wed, Fri, Sat, 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, 12 am - 5 pm.

 
 

Castillo de San Marcos

1 S Castillo Dr, Saint Augustine, Florida, USA/ 1904.829.6506/ www.nps.gov

A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history. Open: Daily, 8:45 am - 5:15 pm.

 
 

Miami Children's Museum

980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132, USA/ 1305.373.5437/ www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

The Miami Children’s Museum is a non-profit educational institution located on Watson Island, in the city of Miami, Florida. Founded in 1983, the museum opened its current building on Watson Island to the public on September 7, 2003. The museum was originally titled the "Miami Youth Museum" and was originally located in Coral Gables in a building called the Miracle Center. The 56,500-square-foot (5,250 m2) facility, designed by Arquitectonica, includes 14 permanent galleries, pre-school classrooms, parent/teacher resource center, Kid Smart educational gift shop, 200-seat auditorium and Subway restaurant. The museum offers hundreds of bilingual, interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. Open: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm.