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.
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.
Edge of Armageddon: Florida and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Join Joe Knetsch, Florida historian and co-editor of Edge of Armageddon: Florida and the Cuban Missile Crisis, as he reflects upon the range of Floridians’ experiences during the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is a book signing after the program. 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 850.907.3477 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.
The Knott House Museum presents an outdoor screening of Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterpiece "City Lights." Florida historian Dr. Joe Knetsch will provide context prior to the film. Tickets will be sold at the door —$4 for members and $5 for nonmembers. The fee includes popcorn. Beverages will be available for purchase. Parking is available on the street in front of the site.
2nd Saturday Family Programs: Women’s History Month
In recognition of Women’s History Month, join us as we tour our newest exhibit Living the Dream—Twentieth-Century Florida. Learn about Florida’s impact during the Women’s Liberation Movement and put your creativity to the test, while you make a button celebrating your favorite woman in history.
Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland
To complement the Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibit Living the Dream—Twentieth-Century Florida, join us for Cypress Gardens America’s Tropical Wonderland. Lu Vickers’ talk on Cypress Gardens will feature a slide show of vintage photographs from the Garden’s archives that will take the audience on a journey through Cypress Garden’s history from the 1930s to 2009 when it was sold to Legoland. Vickers will discuss the creation of the world famous waterski show, the Gardens, and the iconic Southern Belles, and will explain how Dick Pope, Cypress Garden’s flamboyant owner, became known as the “Man who Invented Florida.” The program, admission, and parking are FREE. Lu Vickers is the author of several books on Florida history, including Weeki Wachee—City of Mermaids and Cypress Gardens: America’s Tropical Wonderland.