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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.


September 12, 2014 - October 19, 2014

33rd Annual Capital City Quilt Show
Beautiful handmade and machine sewn fiber artworks are on display at the annual quilt show at the Museum of Florida History. The show is organized by Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee and is in its 33rd year. Awards are given in various categories, including a yearly “Challenge Quilt” theme. The theme this year is “Starry Starry Night.” Visitors can vote for their favorite quilt, take part in a silent auction, or talk to the quilters in the exhibit.


September 23, 2014

History at High Noon
The Camino Real, or royal road, connected colonial St. Augustine with Florida’s inland missions and settlements. It was one of the largest civil engineering projects undertaken in colonial Spanish Florida. A preservation program has begun to mark the historic sites along the camino. Dr. Bonnie McEwan discusses the history, archaeology, and sites in the first phase of this project.


September 26, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Join the Museum for an entire evening celebrating Hispanic Heritage with, wine tasting, live music, a dance lesson and more! Admission, parking and the program are all free! Wine tasting, appetizers, and live music from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. •Live music by the Carlos Odria Trio •Latin dance lessons with the Azúcar Dance Company of Florida State University •Introduction to Latin American wines with Whole Foods Market •"The Rise of Latin Music in the US and Florida: From the Peanut Vendor to the Miami Sound Machine" presented by Dr. Tim Storhoff •Drawing for a gift basket of wine and treats from Whole Foods Market. *Tickets for the drawing are available for all current, new, and renewing members of the Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc.


September 27, 2014

Swing Dancin in the Street
Join the Knott House for this annual 1940s-style block party. Hundreds of people of all skills and ages dance to live Swing music. Free lessons start at 6:30 p.m. and the Tallahassee Swing Band plays at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and is sponsored by the Friends of the Museums of Florida History.


October 11, 2014

2nd Saturday Family Program
Enjoy a hands-on activity at the Museum of Florida History every 2nd Saturday. This all ages program explores various topics with hands-on activities.


October 24, 2014

"Do Knott Hyde"
The Knott House and the Tallahassee Film Society invite you to get into the Halloween spirit with this showing of Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated story about the duality of man. Film reviewer and internet critic Eric “ERod” Rodriguez talks briefly about this classic horror film before the presentation. The $3 admission includes a free bag of popcorn. Pizza and drinks are for sale.


October 28, 2014

History at High Noon
Historian Johnathan Grandage discusses The Grove, a rehabilitated historic house that was home to multiple former Florida governors.


November 07, 2014 - April 26, 2015

Civil Rights in the Sunshine State
The Museum of Florida History presents Civil Rights in the Sunshine State, opening November 7, 2014. This special exhibition explores the deep history of civil rights in the state. Using film footage, oral histories, and artifacts, visitors learn about the struggles, victories, and heroes of the fight for racial equality. The exhibit looks at the movement on a local, state, and national level. Please join the Museum of Florida History in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the brave Floridians who fought for change.


November 15, 2014

Literary Locals and their Homes
The Knott House Museum and Litchgate Cottage on High Road collaborate on a literary program that highlights two local writers, their historic homes, and their writing and theatrical skills. The program begins at the Knott House with a presentation about Luella Knott’s amusing poems. After traveling on their own to Litchgate, participants engage in theatrical activities based on Laura Jepson’s interest in fantasy tales. The program is free of charge.


December 06, 2014

Knott House Holiday Open House
Enjoy beautiful decorations, hot cider, and cookies. Festive holiday music is presented by Frets and Strings, the Leon High School classical guitar group. Free admission; donations accepted.