Museum of Florida History
Since its opening in 1977, the Museum of Florida History has preserved and interpreted the history of the state and its people. As the state's official museum of history and culture, it focuses on events and issues that are unique to Florida. Museum exhibits are on display in the R. A. Gray Building with nearly 30,000 square feet of gallery space. The museum's expansive collections include over 46,800 artifacts. The museum also offers educational programs and a gift shop.
The Museum of Florida History opened in 1977 and houses more than 45,000 artifacts in its collection.
Backstory and Context
The museum's permanent exhibits cover 12,000 years of the state's history. The exhibit "Forever Changed: La Florida 1513-1821" debuted in 2012 to coincide with the state's commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León's arrival in Florida. The exhibit examines Florida's changing cultural landscape between this important milestone and 1821, a period that saw tremendous change under Spanish and British influence. "Florida and the Civil War" explores Florida's social, cultural, and economic history during the war between the states. It was a temporary exhibit that ran from 1997 to 1998 but much of it was put on permanent display. "Florida Remembers World War II" was also initially a temporary exhibit (it opened on December 7, 2001) but was redesigned and put on permanent display in 2004. The exhibit delves into the war's impact on Florida, which was significant as the U.S. military significantly increased its presence around the state.
"About + Support." Museum of Florida History. Accessed June 22, 2015. http://museumoffloridahistory.com/about/index.cfm.
"Exhibits." Museum of Florida History. Accessed January 3, 2024. https://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/explore/exhibits.
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