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Contact: Meredith Beatrice
850.245.6522

Public Notice: Museum of Florida History Update

TALLAHASSEE –

Due to inclement weather and unforeseen events, the Museum of Florida History will continue to remain closed until fall 2015 as part of the ongoing renovation project on the plaza level of the R. A. Gray Building. Florida’s History Shop and The Egg Express café remain open.

Stand-alone exhibits at the Department of State are available for viewing during the Museum’s extended closure. Exhibits that remain open for public viewing include:

  • Highwaymen Paintings:The Florida Highwaymen is a collective name given to a small group of African-American painters from Ft. Pierce who began painting Florida landscapes in the late 1950s. These young artists developed their own individual techniques, creating unique depictions of Florida. This exhibit is open in the Museum of Florida History lobby.

  • A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Sister-State Relationship between the State of Florida and Wakayama, Japan.  Exhibited works include painting, pottery, photography and more. This exhibit is open in the Gallery for Innovation and Arts, (First floor, R. A. Gray Building) through August 31, 2015.

    For visitors and residents seeking a museum experience, the Department of State manages two other museum properties in Tallahassee currently open to the public:

  • The Knott House Museum is a historic home built in 1843. Restored to its 1930s appearance, it is located at 301 East Park Avenue in Tallahassee, Florida. For more information, visit: museumoffloridahistory.com/about/sites or call 850.922.2459.

  • Mission San Luis: Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. The Mission, now a national historic landmark, brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archeological research. For more information, visit missionsanluis.org or call 850.245.6406.

For updates on the renovations, follow the Museum’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. The Museum’s website will also be updated throughout the renovation project.  For more information, visit museumoffloridahistory.com or call 850.245.6400.

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About the Museum of Florida History The Museum of Florida History is part of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs and is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m.  Free parking is available in the garage next to the R. A. Gray Building.