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67 Museums to explore in Florida


Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center.

A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery
A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery500 N Indian River Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34950, USA

This museum houses artwork by A. E. Backus and other Florida artists. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by A. E. Backus, a preeminent Florida landscape painter.

African American Museum of the Arts
African American Museum of the Arts325 S Clara Ave, DeLand, FL 32720, USA

Irene D. and Maxwell Johnson founded the African American Museum of the Arts. They helped establish a board of directors on September 22, 1994, following a meeting with friends and community leaders

Air Force Space and Missile Museum
Air Force Space and Missile Museum191 Museum Cir, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

As part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's "Cape Canaveral Early Space Tour," the museum is open to the public four days a week. The Air Force 45th Space Wing Community Relations office also offered free tours until June 2013.

American Muscle Car Museum
American Muscle Car Museum3500 Sarno Rd, Melbourne, FL 32934, USA

It is a private, non-profit museum located in Melbourne. It is not open to the general public. Instead, the museum is used to raise funds for charity events.

American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
American Police Hall of Fame & Museum6350 Horizon Dr, Titusville, FL 32780, USA

Gerald Arenberg founded the museum in Florida in 1960. In 1955, a drunk driver injured him in the line of duty. He always dreamed of building a memorial commemorating all law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty, those who sacrificed their lives to protect, serve, and keep the peace.

American Space Museum & Walk of Fame
American Space Museum & Walk of Fame308 Pine St, Titusville, FL 32796, USA

Titusville, Florida, is home to the American Space Museum. The US Space Walk of Fame, an outdoor plaza on the Indian River, honors both the astronauts and the NASA and contractor personnel who made the American manned space program possible.

Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum
Archer Historical Society Railroad Museum16994 SW 134th Ave, Archer, FL 32618, USA

Archer Historical Society Museum, located in an old railroad depot built before 1900, contains exhibits about the history of the area.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA

A historic home in Fort Lauderdale. 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. The principal buildings include; the main house, an art studio, a music studio and a guest house. They are all of vernacular architecture, designed by Bartlett. The estate is 35.4 acres (14.3 ha). It includes 100 feet (30 m) of beach.

Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science2201 Michigan Ave, Cocoa, FL 32926, USA

At the museum are the remains of the Windover Woman, the oldest human remains found on the North American continent. Visitors can see how Native Americans lived and how Florida pioneers survived.

Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention
Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention811 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA

The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is named after Dr. Robert Cade, the lead inventor of Gatorade, and reflects his philosophy of combining science and art in a way that is "purposeful creativity".

Coral Castle
Coral Castle28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033, USA

Coral Castle is an oolite limestone structure created by the Latvian-American eccentric Edward Leedskalnin. The structure comprises numerous megalithic stones, mostly limestone formed from coral, each weighing several tons. It is currently a privately operated tourist attraction.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

It was founded in 1961 after the death of Ninah Cummer, who bequeathed her gardens and personal art collection to the new museum. The permanent collection of the museum currently includes over 5,000 works of art dating from 2100 BCE to the twenty-first century. The museum's collection is especially strong in European and American paintings and also includes substantial holdings of Meissen porcelain.

DeLand House Museum
DeLand House Museum137 W Michigan Ave, DeLand, FL 32720, USA

As part of the West Volusia Historical Society, the DeLand House Museum preserves materials related to the history of western Volusia County.

Elliott Museum
Elliott Museum825 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996, USA

Harmon Elliott built the original Elliott Museum in 1961 as a tribute to Sterling Elliott. On November 18, 1961, the Historical Society of Martin County received it. As time passed, the original building became damaged, and the spaces could no longer accommodate the museum's operation. The Elliott Museum hosts a variety of programs and lectures throughout the year. The annual Classics at the Beach car show is held every Spring and attracts a number of vintage car enthusiasts.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156, USA

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is an 83-acre botanic garden, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees, and vines. It is located in the city of Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, It is also a museum, a laboratory, a learning center, and a conservation research facility; its main role is preserving biodiversity.

Floral City Heritage Museum
Floral City Heritage Museum8394 E Orange Ave, Floral City, FL 34436, USA

A museum in Floral City is the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum. It features two galleries, a library, a media centre, and a store.

Florida Museum of Natural History-Exhibits
Florida Museum of Natural History-Exhibits3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

As the official natural history museum of Florida, the Florida Museum of Natural History was chartered in 1917 by the Florida Legislature.

Florida State Capitol
Florida State Capitol400 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32399, USA

The Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, is an architecturally and historically significant building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida Department of Management Services maintains the Capitol Complex, which is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Glazer Children's Museum
Glazer Children's Museum110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

Housed in a 53,000-square-foot facility in downtown Tampa, the museum features 170 interactive exhibits in multiple themed areas. Traveling exhibits occasionally supplement the museum's permanent collection as well.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Gold Coast Railroad Museum12450 SW 152nd St, Miami, FL 33177, USA

This is a railroad museum which was located in Miami Dade County which is adjacent to Zoo Miami. It was founded in 1956. The museum was built on the former Naval Air Station Richmond. It is one of three Official State Railroad Museums in Florida. The Museum's train rides allow guests to board vintage trains and get a taste of the past.

Map of Museums to explore in Florida