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Stephen Foster - Museum

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The museum was built in 1950 and features eight dioramas depicting Stephen Foster songs. Also on display are historic pianos and the desk where Stephen Foster penned the final touches to Florida’s state song “Old Folks at Home” or commonly called “Way Down Upon the Suwannee River.” Guided tours are available for groups by calling (386) 397-4408.

Constitution Convention - Museum

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Visit the museum and 14-acre park to learn about the territory when its constitution was written.   Located just outside of Port St. Joe, the museum displays provide insight into a time when Florida was only a territory.  The first of Florida’s five constitutions was drafted by a convention that met on December 3, 1838 in Historic town of St. Joseph. By working diligently for 34 days, the elected delegates hammered out a framework for Florida’s future and finished their work on January 11, 1839. The Territorial Legislative Council had called the convention without congressional authorization after a referendum election in 1837 showed a territory-wide majority in favor of statehood. The museum features displays of that historic time and a mock convention hall with animatronic delegates discussing Florida's first constitution.

John Gorrie Museum - Museum

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While walking around historic Apalachicola, visit the John Gorrie Museum State Park to learn about the contributions of Dr. John Gorrie. In the early 1800s Apalachicola was a prominent port of trade, commerce and shipping in Florida. The museum reveals the remarkable and compassionate man and shows the amazing machine he created.

Large-print formats of park information and brochures are available.

Sebastian Inlet - Museum

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Sebastian Inlet State Park is home to two museums.

Come and experience why this area has come to be known as the "Treasure Coast." The McLarty Treasure Museum is located at the south boundary of the Sebastian Inlet State Park. Situated on a survivors' camp of the wrecked 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet, the museum features artifacts, displays, and an observation deck that overlooks the ocean. An Arts and Entertainment television production, "The Queen's Jewels and the 1715 Fleet" tells how the ill-fated fleet was returning to Spain when a hurricane struck them off the Florida coast. Still today, salvagers work to recover gold, silver, and the "Queen's jewels" that were lost to the sea and its sandy shores. The last movie for the day at the McLarty Museum begins at 3:15 p.m.

The Sebastian Fishing Museum is devoted to the rich cultural history of Sebastian's fishing industry. The lives and history of the people who lived in Sebastian were interwoven with fishing and the Indian River Lagoon. The museum commemorates three of Sebastian's early families that operated fish houses: Sembler, Smith, and Judah. Inside you will find a replica of an original fish house and dock. A homemade fishing boat, nets, fishing gear, and photos of fishing in the lagoon are also on display.

Both museums are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., except major holidays. Entry fee for the McLarty Museum is $2 a person. There are no additional fees for the Fishing Museum beyond normal park entry fees.

Cedar Key Museum - Museum

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The Cedar Key Museum contains exhibits depicting the towns' colorful history. Part of the collection has seashells and Indian artifacts collected by Saint Clair Whitman, the founder of the first museum in Cedar Key. Whitman’s house is located at the park and has been restored to reflect life in the 1920s. The museum grounds are landscaped with native Florida vegetation, including sand pine, slash pine, southern red cedar, live oak, sabal palm, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, coontie and yaupon holly.

Fort Clinch - Museum

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The Fort Clinch Museum is located adjacent to the Visitor’s Center and is provided free of charge with park admission and is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every day of the year including holidays. Entrance to the actual Fort is $2.50 per person. The museum displays many of the artifacts associated with Fort Clinch and supplements the unique Living History experience given the visitors by the soldiers in the fort.

A 10-minute introductory video details the history of Fort Clinch while giving visitors a primer to the experience they will encounter inside the Fort itself. The video provides panoramic views of the rooms displayed in the Fort as well as commentary from the soldiers for any visitor with an accessibility concern.

A timeline display explains the importance and history of third system forts including Fort Clinch. A large wall display explains the unique brickwork used in the construction of the site.  A flanking wall display explains armaments and projectiles from the Civil War time period. Projectiles are arranged so that visitors can touch and compare. The museum contains two large freestanding displays devoted to later periods in the military life of Fort Clinch. The first is a restored Gatling gun and carriage and the second is a display of Fort Clinch in the World War II period when the site served as a naval surveillance and communication station. Dozens of photographs line the walls showing different stages in the Fort’s construction as well as different military events. The museum houses many smaller artifacts from Fort Clinch during the Civil War period.  These artifacts include:

1) Weapons, small arms, edged weapons, and bayonets
2) Personal gear and uniforms of soldiers stationed at Fort Clinch
3) Letters and ephemera of soldiers stationed at Fort Clinch
4) Construction artifacts, hinges, locks, ironwork, nails
5) Cannon balls and other projectiles.

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the Fort Clinch Museum collection, please do not bring food or drink inside the building.

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