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Celebrate the Holidays with the Museum of Florida History


Both the Museum of Florida History and the Knott House Museum in downtown Tallahassee will have regular hours during the holidays and offer an enjoyable and educational experience for families.

“The Florida Department of State is here to serve Floridians, and part of that means staying open during the holidays. With children on break from school, the holidays offer families a chance to visit these two Department of State museums,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Knott House Museum is wonderfully decorated for the season and the civil rights exhibit in the Museum of Florida History offers an opportunity to learn about Florida’s role in the movement. I hope the public will take advantage of these free museums during the holidays.”

Visitors can see the Civil Rights in the Sunshine State exhibit (November 6, 2014–April 6, 2015) or experience one of the permanent exhibits like a replica steamship highlighting Florida’s waterways, or a giant mastodon skeleton from the time of Florida’s first people. Breakfast and lunch are available at The Egg Express Café, and Florida’s History Shop has a variety of unique holiday gifts. Admission and parking are free and the Museum is open every day except December 25 and 26.

The Knott House Museum is decorated for the holidays through December, and visitors can step back in time into this lovely historic home, restored to its 1928 splendor. Victorian era furniture and décor guide visitors through one of the oldest homes in downtown Tallahassee. The Knott House Museum will be closed December 25 and 26.

Memberships to the Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc. help to support both museums and can be purchased as gifts for any history buff on your shopping list. Members receive quarterly newsletters, program and event invitations, and a 10% discount on purchases from any of the three Florida’s History Shops located in downtown Tallahassee. Discounts also apply to online shopping at  

For more information about hours and visiting either of these museums, call 850.245.6400 or visit

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About the Museum of Florida History
The Museum of Florida History is part of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs and is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the garage next to the R. A. Gray Building.

About the Knott House Museum
The Knott House Museum is located at 301 East Park Avenue, at the corner of Park Avenue and Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, Florida. The Museum is administered by the Museum of Florida History, a section of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs. The historic house is open for tours Wednesday through Friday 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. and Saturday: 10:00, 11:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, but there is a small charge for group tours. Please call 850.922.2459 for more information.