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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.


March 14, 2014 - August 26, 2014

The Lure of Florida Fishing
Discover how the Sunshine State got hooked on fishing at this special exhibit exploring the rise of sport fishing in Florida. Learn about the growth of recreational fishing in the late 19th-century and how it became such a popular past-time today. More than 100 artifacts, including tackle, trophies and fish mounts highlight significant periods in Florida’s angling history. Stunning paintings by William Aiken Walker and Stanley Meltzoff depict the natural beauty of aquatic life. You can even try your hand at Florida fishing on a Nintendo Wii. Catch The Lure of Florida Fishing at the Museum of Florida History from March 14 to August 26. Parking and admission are free.


July 02, 2014 - July 30, 2014

Summer Reading Wednesday!
The Museum of Florida History presents our 2014 Summer Reading program! This year the theme is, "Discovering Science in Florida History." Every Wednesday in July we will present a special program with a hands-on activity and a special theme. The programs start at 11:00 a.m. every Wednesday in July and are free! The schedule of themes is: July 2 - Technology July 9 - Fishing July 16 - Impact of Natural Disasters with Smokey the Bear July 23 - Tourism & Navigation July 30 - Florida Wildlife & Natural Resources


August 09, 2014

2nd Saturday Family Program
The Joe Budd Aquatic Center comes to the Museum to present a hands-on activity about fish and their habitats. 2nd Saturday Family Programs at the Museum of Florida History offer hands-on history for every member of the family. The program, admission, and parking are free.


August 21, 2014

3rd Thursday- Flip Flop Florida
It’s our annual Flip Flop Florida bash! Put on your best tropical shirt and slip on some flip flops for our annual summer party. Tropical Smoothie caters dinner for $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Compare your best tropical outfit to Joan Matey’s Fishy Fashion Show. This artistic show features a unique promenade of high fashion coastal couture made from maritime morsels and washed up relics. Oyster sacks, sponges, and shells join assorted flotsam and jetsam to create the best beach wear.


August 26, 2014

History at High Noon
Michael Moore and Peter Cowdrey discuss navigational tools in a lecture titled, “Wayfinding at Sea: Then and Now.”


September 11, 2014

33rd Annual Capital City Quilt Show Reception
Opening reception for the 33rd Annual Capital City Quilt Show Join the Museum of Florida History and Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee as we open the 33rd Annual Capital City Quilt Show. Hors d'oeuvres are provided by the Quilters Guild. Parking and admission are 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 13, 2014

2nd Saturday Family Program
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this family program about Hispanic dance. Learn about the history and experience the fun of Hispanic dances at this free program.


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 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.