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Museum of Florida History Celebrates Forty Years!

To celebrate the Museum of Florida History's forty years, several exhibits, educational programs, and events are planned in 2017. The following events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Temporary Exhibits

The popular Beaches, Creatures, and Cowboys: Florida Movie Posters exhibit is on display until July 23, 2017.

The 35th Annual Quilt Show Sentimental Journey opens August 4 and closes September 23, 2017. The Museum partners with Quilters Unlimited to present this exhibit. Join us at the opening reception on August 3.

Living the Dream: Twentieth-Century Florida opens October 20, 2017. Join the Museum for the exhibit grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

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.

History at High Noon Returns this Summer - 12:00–1:00 p.m.

The History at High Noon Series of historical talks features a different topic on the fourth Tuesday of each month from noon to 1:00 p.m. Order a lunch from The Egg Express or bring your own. Location: Gallery for Innovation and the Arts

June 27 - Stories from Behind the Scenes
Former Museum of Florida History exhibit designers and fabricators talk about creating memorable permanent and temporary exhibits.

July 25 - Who was R.A. Gray?
Learn more about the interesting life of the longest-serving Florida Secretary of State.

Summer Reading Program - 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join us each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 28 and continuing through July. This year's theme is "Building a Better Florida." Children listen to a story and engage in activities related to architecture, historic preservation, and communities.

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.