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Long famous for its Key Marco Cat — one of the most remarkable and influential discoveries in North American archaeology — the Marco Island Historical Museum explores Southwest Florida’s Calusa Indians and brings this vanished civilization to life with informative displays and an exciting recreated village scene. Permanent and traveling exhibits trace the settlement of this subtropical island paradise from its early pioneer roots as a fishing village, pineapple plantation and clam cannery, through its explosive growth and development in the 1960s by the Miami-based Deltona Corporation.
Marco Island, FL
Located in the heart of historic downtown Gainesville, the Matheson History Museum is home to the 1867 Matheson House, permanent and temporary exhibits on Alachua County and Florida history, and a local history library and archives filled with resources for the researcher and the curious alike. Throughout the year we host a variety of programs on local and Florida history.
Type(s): Historic Home History House
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries is an academic teaching museum consisting of two main galleries showcasing about five international, national and regional exhibitions each year. The galleries host events, talks, lectures, workshops, and guided tours for art students, community events, K-12 students, educators, and artists.
McKee Botanical Garden, which is located on an 18-acre tropical hammock in beautiful Vero Beach features something for all ages. In 2021, the Garden will celebrate its 20th Anniversary since reopening in 2001. (Mission Statement) McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. Horticulture: McKee Botanical Garden is known for its horticulture beauty where native plants and exotic botanicals combine with Old Florida charm. The Garden features 10,000 native and tropical plants, as well as one of the largest waterlily collections in the state of Florida comprised of over 80 varieties and over 300 potted and 100 free-range plants, including night and day-blooming varieties. History: Thousands of visitors come to the Garden each year to learn about McKee’s rich history and enjoy the natural landscape of majestic palms, exotic plants, trees, waterfalls, tranquil streams, and historic structures like the Hall of Giants and Spanish Kitchen. McKee Botanical Garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of national significance. Children’s Garden: The new Children’s Garden at McKee, which opened in January 2020, is a natural complement to McKee’s existing offerings and is designed to spark imagination and curiosity in children through interactive exploration where children can Explore, Discover, and Just Be a Kid. The Children’s Garden features include the Scorpion Shipwreck in the Grand Discovery Tree, a Fairy Circle & Fairy Forest Trail, Nautilus Shell Amphitheatre, Karst Splash Garden, Waterlily Fountain, Music Maze, Bamboo Village, Blue Crab Reading Circle & Stumpery, and Sandridge and Pollinator Garden. Garden Café and Gift & Book Shop: The Garden Café features a delightful assortment of salads, sandwiches, children’s menu items, desserts and beverages available for purchase. The Garden Gift & Book Shop features a wide array of garden-themed home décor and gifts, books for adults and children, t-shirts, soaps and lotions and many other treasurers. National Publicity: McKee was featured on the cover of Southern Living magazine in February 2020, which showcased Vero Beach, Amelia Island, and Apalachicola. The Garden has also garnered national attention in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, House and Garden, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times. McKee was named one of “22 Secret Gardens – Soothing Places of Surprise and Sanctuary in the U.S. and Canada” by National Geographic Traveler. The Garden was awarded the Hall of Fame Excellence Award by TripAdvisor.com in 2019. McKee is one of more than 320 horticultural institutions in 48 states and DC, plus Canada and the Caribbean participating in the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (10 am – 5 pm), Sunday (Noon – 5 pm). Closed Mondays and major holidays. Last admission ticket is sold at 4 pm. The Children’s Garden closes at 4:30 pm. Admission: $15 Adults, $13 Seniors (65+)/Youth (13-17), $10 Children (2-12)/Military. McKee members and children under 2 free.
Vero Beach, FL
Region(s): Central Southeast
Type(s): Art Children's Gardens Historic Home History
The Miami Military Museum and Memorial honors all branches of the US Armed Forces, as well as its clandestine services. We seek to educate the public on the service, sacrifice and accomplishments of the active military, veterans, families and supporters of this great community. We are dedicated to preserving the rich military heritage of South Florida by connecting Miami’s diverse residents with their community. We serve as the educational voice to inspire and enrich the community by connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.
Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704 and served as a principal village of the Apalachee Indians. The Mission, now a 63-acre National Historic Landmark and Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, brings the early 1700s to life with educators in period dress and buildings reconstructed based on extensive archaeological research. The story of Mission San Luis is also shared through an introductory film, artifact displays, and other programming.
Region(s): North Central
The Morean Arts Center is located within the heart of the Central Arts District. The Morean Arts Center focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. Classes and outreach programs are designed to bring out the artist in all of us, including programs for adults, children and family plus summer camp and early childhood programs, attracting beginners and advanced students alike. The Exhibitions Department brings contemporary art created by local, regional and national artists to the community in virtually all visual mediums, plus a large focus on emerging artists. Open daily to the public with free access to over 25 exhibitions a year. Known in 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, the concept was simple; create access for artists and those interested in art. Today it is still the same but on a much broader and grander scale, with four facilities operating under the Morean Arts Center, including the world-renowned Chihuly Collection, largest working pottery in the Southeast United States - the Morean Center for Clay and the Morean Glass Studio. The Morean Arts Center depends on the generous support of many individuals and other local, regional, state and national funders who have for over a century embraced the Center's mission. Morean Arts Center memberships offer support to continue the mission of Connecting People with Art.
St. Petersburg, FL
The Morean Center for Clay is located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg, FL, in the Historic Train Station on 22nd Street South. The facility offers educational courses in working with clay, studio space, gallery sales, event rentals, exhibitions and is home to a renowned artist-in-residence program. With a goal of promoting and enhancing the education of contemporary and historic ceramics, it is one of the largest working potteries in the southeast. Collectors, visitors and artists alike will be amazed at the variety of high-quality clay work available for purchase. The Morean Center for Clay is a haven for all pottery enthusiasts—offering high-quality classes and workshops from local and national professional teaching artists, and in-house Artists-in-Residence participants. All skill levels welcomed!
St. Petersburg, FL
A visit to the Morean Glass Studio is an opportunity to get behind the scenes and observe resident glass artists creating unique works of art. Entry is included with you Chihuly Collection admission, located just across the street. From gathering the molten glass from the furnace, to working it on the pontil pipe and glory hole, to its final cool down process in the annealing kiln, you will have a new appreciation for this art form that is centuries old. View the gaffer blowing glass, while the assistant narrates in detail the science behind glass, the artistic vision guiding the process and all of the steps involved as the work is being produced. All of the pieces created are for sale in the Glass Studio Store conveniently located adjacent to the glass studio. Inside you will find a wide variety of art glass including: jewelry, bowls, vases, ornaments and more. Tickets are not required to visit the retail store. Come and watch a live Demonstration or try it yourself and participate with our Personal Glass Experience.
St. Petersburg, FL
The Mulberry Phosphate Museum is a museum that features local history, natural science, and the impact of the phosphate industry on Central Florida. Explore a large collection of prehistoric fossils, dig for sharks teeth, and explore local history.
Type(s): History Science