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Beaches, Creatures, and Cowboys: Florida Movie Posters

Insert poster, 1941
Filmed in Silver Springs and Wakulla Springs

May 15–July 23, 2017
Museum of Florida History

This summer the Museum reprises its exhibit, Beaches, Creatures, and Cowboys: Florida Movie Posters. The exhibit includes nearly 50 original and reproduction movie posters, lobby cards, and other memorabilia advertising films made in Florida.

In the early twentieth century, filmmakers began arriving in Jacksonville to take advantage of the sunlight and mild winters. Since then, Florida has provided settings, characters, and inspiration for the movies. Filmmakers have practiced their craft in every region of the state. The posters on display advertise war movies made in Tampa and the Panhandle, movies showcasing south Florida's tropical landscape, films shot at natural springs in north and central Florida, and many other movies made around the state.

The posters and other advertisements shown in this display promote some of Florida's most famous films from the early 1920s to the present. Visit the Museum to learn about Florida's contribution to the fascinating world of movie-making.


Free and open to the public

2nd Saturday Family Programs - 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

June 10 - "Florida's Famous Films"
Scout locations throughout Florida's history in movie-making. Get inspired and create a snazzy advertisement for your own idea for a Florida film.

July 8 - "Movie Making in Florida"
Learn about the production teams that make movies come alive. Imagine a movie of your own and decide what is needed for costumes, props, and scenery.

Sunday Matinee at the Museum - 1:30–4:00 p.m. (film at 2:00 p.m.)

July 9 - Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
A Greek sponge diving family heads to dangerous waters.
Before the film: Create artistic prints using natural sponges and acrylic paint.

July 16 - Dolphin Tale (2011)
A young boy befriends an injured dolphin and convinces the locals to build a prosthetic tail.
Before the film: Make a jumping dolphin toy and design a tail of your own.

July 23 - Last day of exhibit - The Yearling (1946)
Story of an 1880s Florida family living in the Florida scrub country whose son adopts an orphaned deer. Based on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Before the film: Create a diorama of a typical Florida frontier homestead.