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    External Affairs

    The Office of External Affairs is responsible for the overall marketing and promotion of the department’s activities and programs to enhance the visibility of the Department of State. Additionally, the office oversees the management of the department’s museums, all in Tallahassee.  

    Together, The Grove Museum, Knott House Museum, Mission San Luis, and Museum of Florida History offer a multifaceted view of how Florida's people lived, worked and played throughout the state's development from prehistory to the present.

     

    The Grove Museum

    Set atop a commanding hill, surrounded by towering magnolias and sprawling live oaks, stands the Call-Collins House at The Grove.

    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. 

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    House tours offered on the hour Wednesday to Friday 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Grounds open Wednesday to Saturday 10­:00–4:00 p.m. 
    Free admission
    902 N. Monroe Street, 850.577.0228 
    thegrovemuseum.com

    Knott House Museum

    The Knott House invites visitors to experience life in the 1920s - 1930s. Decorated in Victorian splendor, the 1840s home features original furnishings chosen by the Knott family beginning in 1928. 

    Prior to the Knotts’ arrival, on May 20, 1865, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook lived in the house when he formally announced President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the state. 

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    Guided house tours offered on the hour Wednesday to Friday 1–3 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
    *Closed during the month of August for maintenance.*
    Free admission
    301 East Park Avenue, 850.922.2459
    knotthousemuseum.com

    Mission San Luis

    A visit to Mission San Luis transports visitors back to San Luis de Talimali, a community where Apalachee Indians and Spanish colonists lived together.

    The historical interpreters at this living history museum (the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida) are devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee Indian and Spanish colonial residents.

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    Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Admission: Adults–$5.00,  Seniors (65 and over)–$3.00,  Children (6 -17)–$2.00 Children under 6, Active Duty Military, and friends Members–Free
    2100 West Tennessee Street, 850.245.6406
    missionsanluis.org

    Museum of Florida History

    At the Museum of Florida History, be inspired by 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.

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    Open Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday and holidays: Noon–4:30 p.m.
    Free admission
    500 South Bronough Street, 850.245.6400
    museumoffloridahistory.com

     

     

    Contact Us

    Florida Department of State

    R. A. Gray Building
    500 South Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

    Fax: 850.245.6128

    Jeana Brunson
    Director, Museum Operations
    850.245.6400
    [email protected]

    Lisa Barton
    Director, Museum of Florida History
    850.245.6349
    [email protected] 

    Johnathan H. Grandage
    Director, The Grove Museum
    850.363.5688
    [email protected]

    Jonathan Sheppard
    Director, Mission San Luis
    850.245.6463
    [email protected]

    Mark Ard
    Director, Marketing
    850.245.6529
    [email protected]