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Northcentral Florida (Panhandle)

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Historic Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Sunshine State government. Featuring the Celebration of the 40 Year Anniversary of the Save the Old Capitol Night on March 29.

 

Visit flhistoriccapitol.gov for more information.

Florida Museum

The Florida Museum houses more than 40 million specimens and artifacts, including one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of butterflies and moths, and is one of the nation’s top five museums. Visitors to the exhibits facility on the UF campus can enjoy hundreds of exotic, live butterflies in the award-winning Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, witness a South Florida Calusa Indian welcoming ceremony, experience a life-size limestone cave and enjoy fossil skeletons, including a mammoth and mastodon from the last ice age. Families with children ages 8 and under will love the new hands-on Discovery Zone.

To find out more, go to floridamuseum.ufl.edu.

FSU Museum of Fine Arts

Every season begins with an international competitive exhibition that embraces all media, and every semester closes with the youth and exuberance of the graduating-artist exhibitions. In past years we have shown an honor roll of contemporary artists, and thematic exhibitions have looked at topics from gun imagery in our society to the powerful expressions of Latina and Black women artists. We have examined the contact zone of Anglo and Native American cultures, the mystical side of Haitian folk painting, and the unsophisticated but intense works of outsider artists. The future promises exhibitions of equal caliber and interest. Featuring Asian Works from the Permanent Collection (February 16 – April 1).

For more details, visit mofa.fsu.edu.

Gadsden Arts Center and Museum

 The Gadsden Arts Center and Museum is one of 26 nationally accredited art museums in Florida, serving residents and visitors to our region. Gadsden Arts improves quality of life by creating meaningful experiences with art, from historic to contemporary exhibitions, and opportunities for art making at all levels. Through original, historically significant art exhibitions, a permanent collection, and studio art programs, including the innovative new ArtZone drop-in studio, Gadsden Arts brings the magic of art to over 22,000 participants each year. Featuring exhibits from Roger Raepple, Suzanne Edwards Doddridge, and the Florida Watercolor Society.

To find out more go to gadsdenarts.org.

Goodwood Museum & Gardens

The Goodwood estate began in the 1830s as a cotton and corn plantation. Goodwood is currently restored to this turn-of-the-century Country Estate era, ever mindful of its rich 19th-century history. Highlighted opportunities for March of Museums include the Ascension Exhibit. This partnership exhibit with the Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives (FAMU) explores the early 20th century rise of the African American middle class.

Visit GoodwoodMuseum.org for more information.

Harn Museum of Art

The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida is a 112,800-square-foot-facility, which includes 40,400 square feet of exhibition space, 5 garden spaces, a 250-seat auditorium, study center, museum store, café and classroom spaces. The Harn’s collection totals more than 10,000 objects including African, Asian, modern and contemporary art, and photography, with significant representations of Ancient American and oceanic art, as well as a growing collection of natural history works on paper. Featuring Sparking Creativity: 8th Annual Docent Art Exhibition through April 1.

For more information on the Museum, please visit harn.ufl.edu.

Knott House Museum

Enter the Knott House and step back in time. Decorated in Victorian splendor, the 1840s home features original furnishings chosen by the Knott family beginning in 1928. Luella Knott attached poems to her furniture and decor with satin ribbons, drawing attention to her unique antiques. These verses still hang just as she left them, giving the building its nickname “The House that Rhymes.”

Featuring an outdoor screening of Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterpiece City Lights accompanied by a discussion of the film's significance on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. The $5 admission fee includes popcorn. 

Visit knotthousemuseum.com for more information.

Meek-Eaton Black Archives

The Carnegie Library is located on the historic campus of Florida A&M University (FAMU). Construction on the library started in 1907 and the facility officially opened to the public in 1908. It was the first Carnegie Library built on a black land-grant college campus. In 1976, Carnegie Library became the founding home of the Black Archives Research Center and Museum. In 1978, Carnegie Library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Black Archives was created in 1971 by a mandate of the Florida Legislature, which called for the establishment of a repository to serve the state by collecting, preserving, displaying, and disseminating first-source information about African Americans from ancient times to the present.

Featuring Women’s History Month Tribute Movie Night: Hidden Figures on March 19. 

For more information, visit Famu.edu, or call 850.599.3020.

Mission San Luis

Time travel to 1703 and explore Florida's Hispanic and Native American roots at this Apalachee-Spanish living history museum and National Historic Landmark. Meet the “residents” in period dress and learn about life at the fort, council house, church, blacksmith shop, and more. See 300-year-old artifacts excavated from this western capital of Spanish Florida. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $2 for ages 6-17, and free for members, children under 6, and active duty military.

Featuring Spanish Colonial Adventure Day on March 10. Enjoy an interactive family adventure. Part scavenger hunt, part "Survivor" family-style, part historical re-enactment. All Fun! Re-enact colonial Spanish Florida’s preparations for the 1686 exploratory expedition to Pensacola Bay! Get your "orders" from the Líder de la Expedición upon arrival and complete fun questions, tasks, and crafts at each station throughout the historic site. Get your certificate signed when you complete your orders! 

Visit MissionSanLuis.org for more information.

Museum of Florida History

At the Museum of Florida History, you can travel into Florida’s past as you stand next to the skeleton of a giant mastodon; navigate through Spanish maritime history; explore the citrus industry and Tin Can Tourist camps; travel aboard an early 1900s Florida riverboat; dress up in Grandma’s Attic; or share the experiences of Florida’s World War II soldiers and families on the homefront. You’ll find all this and more as you stroll through interactive exhibits about Florida history. Featuring the exhibit Living the Dream: Twentieth-Century Florida.

Visit MuseumofFloridaHistory.com for more information.

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is a community treasure that offers up history and engaging experiences.  The museum is packed with more than 160 exceptional automobiles dating from 1894-2010, motorcycles, Batmobiles, Steinway pianos, Case knives, brass cash registers, sports memorabilia, pedal cars, antique boats, motors, and much, much more! In addition to the museum, we are the largest locally owned banquet and conference center in the Tallahassee area.

Visit tacm.com for more information.

Tallahassee Museum

The Tallahassee Museum is a 52-acre nonprofit living museum where history, nature, and wildlife intersect to tell an intriguing story about our region’s natural and cultural heritage. Amazing animals, rare historic buildings, hands-on learning, and an exhilarating zipline adventure course combine to create a unique one-of-a-kind experience for all ages. Featuring Mysteries Below the Ground: The Architecture of Ant Nests through June 19.

Experience. Discover. Explore.

To find out more go to tallahasseemuseum.org.

The Grove Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the ca. 1840 Call-Collins House at The Grove is one of the best preserved examples of antebellum Greek Revival architecture in Florida. The house and grounds underwent an extensive private residence to public museum conversion under the leadership of the Florida Department of State and the site is now open to the public as The Grove Museum.

The mission of The Grove Museum is to preserve and interpret the Call-Collins House, its surrounding acreage, and its historical collections, in order to engage the public in dialogue about the struggle for civil rights and American history. The Grove celebrates its one-year anniversary on "Grove Day" on March 10.

Visit TheGroveMuseum.com for more information.