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Museum of Florida History Highlights Tours
These are guided tours offered Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tour is approximately 20 minutes long and offers visitors a time to travel from prehistoric Florida to the present. For more information, contact 850-245-6400. Museum of Florida History, free.

The Knott House Museum Tour
Although, its history can be traced as far back as the Civil War when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, the historic house is now restored to its early 20th-century appearance when the house was occupied by politician William Knott and his wife, Luella. Mrs. Knott composed verses about many of the items in her home and hosted social gatherings. For information about tours and special events, call 922-2459. Tours offered Wednesday-Friday, on the hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.; Saturday tours start at 10:00 a.m. and last tour starts at 3:00 p.m., free.


October 23, 2018

History at High Noon: Quilt and Textile Preservation
Ms. Ellen Rider, Senior Curator at the Museum of Florida History, discusses preservation techniques, which can be used at home, to preserve quilts and textiles. The discussion explores why certain materials and methods are most effective, what to avoid, how to display, and how to store items. Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.354.8787 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


November 01, 2018

Colonial Spanish Florida Speakers Series: Chuck Meide
Florida underwater archaeologist, Chuck Meide, Director of the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) in St. Augustine, presents an engaging talk discusses the LAMP’s search for the French explorer Ribault’s 1565 feet. The program begins with light refreshments in the Museum lobby at 5:30 p.m., with Florida's History Shop and the Museum galleries open for visitors to enjoy. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Auditorium. Free and open to the public


November 03, 2018

Food for the Harvest, The Three Sisters
Rescheduled from October due to closure Come hear the Native American legend of the Three Sisters (maize, beans, squash) and learn about the importance of these native crops. Guests will make a corn husk doll to take home and decorate their own kernel to put on a paper corn cob which will be on displayed during the month of October.


November 09, 2018

WWI Film Festival: The Fighting 69th
On November 9 at 6:30 p.m., for $5.00, the Knott House Museum will have an outdoor showing of the 1940 film The Fighting 69th starring James Cagney. Dr. Kurt Piehler from Florida State University’s Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, will discuss the history surrounding the film and the time between the two world wars. Free popcorn is provided and drinks are for sale. One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, The Great War ended. To commemorate this historic event, the Knott House Museum and the Museum of Florida History partner with the Tallahassee Film Society to show and talk about award-winning World War I films on Veterans Day weekend.


November 10, 2018

WWI Film Festival: A Little Princess
On November 10 at 11:00 a.m., as November’s 2nd Saturday program, the Museum of Florida History will show the 1995 family movie, A Little Princess, free of charge. Attendees will make red poppies prior to the film begin shown. One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, The Great War ended. To commemorate this historic event, the Knott House Museum and the Museum of Florida History partner with the Tallahassee Film Society to show and talk about award-winning World War I films on Veterans Day weekend.


November 15, 2018

Surf's up, Florida! Opening Reception
Be among the first to tour the new exhibit Surf Up, Florida!. The evening will feature food, fun, and music by the renowned surf band The Intoxicators.


November 27, 2018

History at High Noon: Finding that Perfect Ride- Surfboard Shaping and Design
Dennis Litchfield, a Florida surfboard shaper and avid surfer, discusses his passion for surfing and board design. Mr. Litchfield also explains the process of shaping boards and his personal experience creating surf boards locally in Florida. Enjoy lunch during the program. Bring your own or buy from The Egg Express located on the ground floor of the R. A. Gray Building. To place your order with The Egg Express, call 850.354.8787 no later than 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program and pick it up before the program starts. See the lunch menu at museumoffloridahistory.com/visit/menu-pg02.cfm. Before or after the program, be sure to visit the Museum of Florida History and Florida’s History Shop to see what’s new! The program is free and open to the public.


December 01, 2018

Holiday Open House
The Knott House Museum is decked out for the season during the month of December. Vintage decorations, cards, and music take visitors back to the 1930s, when the W. V. Knott family lived in the home. Explore the home's seasonal spirit during the downtown Winter Festival. The Holiday Open House is free of charge and welcomes all with musical performances, spiced hot cider, holiday cookies, and abundant yuletide cheer.


December 08, 2018

2nd Saturday Program: Hang 10—Surfing and Surfboards
"Hang 10" during a visit to the new exhibit, Surf's Up, Florida!, and learn surfboard positions and riding techniques from local avid surfer and surfboard shaper, Dennis Litchfield. Have a picture taken while riding the waves at our photo op station. Then create and decorate a cool miniature surfboard of your very own.