Pirates and mermaids! Castles and dragons! Florida has them all, both imaginary and real. This summer, let your imagination guide you through the myths and legends of Florida. Cultural stories will show you how different people saw the world and made sense of it through traditional stories. Tales from history introduce readers to ways of living that seem larger than life compared to today’s world. Fantastical icons of Florida’s past reveal the deep roots of imagination and exploration of our Sunshine State. For more information visit the Summer Reading page.
Florida Inspired—Landscapes from the Risner Fine Art Collection
The Museum of Florida History is proud to introduce the Risner Fine Art Collection and its premier exhibit featuring more than 125 landscape paintings by 98 different artists.
The works show the diversity and beauty of Florida’s natural environment, span more than a century, and cover the Panhandle to the Keys, and the Everglades to North Florida farmland. For additional information visit the Now on View page.
We prioritize the health and safety of the public and our employees. After careful consideration, the Museum of Florida History is closed to the public until further notice.
20th of May— Emancipation in Florida
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the rebelling Southern states. More than two years later, on May 10, 1865, Union General Edward McCook arrived in Tallahassee to take possession of the city from Southern forces. General McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner House, now known as the Knott House. On May 20, he declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect. Former slaves celebrated this announcement with a picnic at Bull Pond, today's Lake Ella. Annually since 1865, communities in Tallahassee have celebrated May 20th as Emancipation Day.
Ron DeSantis, Governor Laurel M. Lee, Secretary of State
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.