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.
Museum Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Museum of Florida History is closed on November 22 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Museum will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on November 23.
The Museum will be open Noon to 4:30 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving.
History at High Noon: Finding that Perfect Ride- Surfboard Shaping and Design
Dennis Litchfield, a Florida surfboard shaper and avid surfer, discusses his passion for surfing and board design. Mr. Litchfield also explains the process of shaping boards and his personal experience creating surf boards locally in Florida. 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 850.354.8787 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.
Holiday Open House
The Knott House Museum is decked out for the season during the month of December. Vintage decorations, cards, and music take visitors back to the 1930s, when the W. V. Knott family lived in the home. Explore the home's seasonal spirit during the downtown Winter Festival. The Holiday Open House is free of charge and welcomes all with musical performances, spiced hot cider, holiday cookies, and abundant yuletide cheer.
2nd Saturday Program: Hang 10—Surfing and Surfboards
"Hang 10" during a visit to the new exhibit, Surf's Up, Florida!, and learn surfboard positions and riding techniques from local avid surfer and surfboard shaper, Dennis Litchfield. Have a picture taken while riding the waves at our photo op station. Then create and decorate a cool miniature surfboard of your very own.
Museum Closed for Christmas Holiday
The Museum of Florida History is closed for the Christmas holiday on December 25. The Museum will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on December 26.