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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.
Veterans Day Commemoration
Visit the Museum for guided tours of the World War II exhibit throughout the day. Guests will also receive a Florida WWII Heritage Trail guide to take home. Activities include: Practice Signaling and Ciphers using the Vernier Square handout, Morse Code bookmarks, and felt Semaphore Flags Building Cardboard Airplane Toys Writing letters to Veterans
Knott House Veterans Day
Visitors to the Knott House Museum can tour the house to learn how Floridians supported the war effort during World War II. In the kitchen, guests learn about food scarcity, ration books, and Victory Gardens. A Fireside Chat is heard in the family room, and a Service Flag hangs in the window for the Knotts’ son James serving in the Armed Forces. The public can also enjoy free programs at the Museum of Florida History and the Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Visitors will work with gourds, shells, and household items to make their own musical instruments.
Elgin Jumper: A Seminole's Story
On November 17, 2016, the Museum of Florida History presents the one-man show Elgin Jumper: A Seminole's Story. At times humorous, at times powerful, Elgin Jumper recounts his story, his highs and lows, while spotlighting his writing and artwork. The performance also sheds light on Jumper's family history, troubled youth, wrong paths, and how he was saved from a ruinous existence through art and poetry. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments followed by Elgin Jumper’s performance at 7:00.
Knott House Holiday Open House
The Knott House Museum will be decked out for the holiday season during the month of December. Vintage decorations, cards, and music will take you back to the 1930s when the W. V. Knott family lived in the home. During the Tallahassee Festival of Lights, the Knott House will be open with free musical performances, spiced hot cider, holiday cookies, and abundant yuletide cheer.
Museum educators will share the story of our mastodon from Wakulla Springs. Guests are invited to “Feed the Mastodon” and make mastodon puppets. This program is specifically designed for young children.