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    Historical Museums

    The family of museums operated by Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historical Museums showcases Florida's rich history and culture and tells the story of this great state. 

    Together, The Grove Museum, Knott House Museum, Mission San Luis, The Union Bank Museum, and Museum of Florida History offer a multifaceted view of how Florida's people lived, worked and played throughout the state's development from prehistory to the present.

    Explore pivotal moments in Florida’s history—times of war and of peace, of financial depression and of great economic growth. Discover how Florida’s people lived, worked, and played throughout the state’s development. Native peoples and settlers, soldiers and statesmen, explorers, artisans, homemakers—the rich and diverse lives of Floridians are showcased, interpreted, and placed in historical context.

    Five unique sites, one amazing state’s history.


    The Grove Museum

    Set atop a commanding hill, surrounded by towering magnolias and sprawling live oaks, stands the Call-Collins House at The Grove.

    The mission of The Grove Museum is to preserve and interpret the Call-Collins House, its surrounding acreage, and its historical collections, in order to engage the public in dialogue about civil rights and American history. 


    House tours offered on the hour Wednesday to Friday 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Grounds open Wednesday to Saturday 10­:00–4:00 p.m. 
    Free admission
    902 N. Monroe Street, 850.245.6100

    Knott House Museum

    The Knott House invites visitors to experience life in the 1920s - 1930s. Decorated in Victorian splendor, the 1840s home features original furnishings chosen by the Knott family beginning in 1928. 

    Prior to the Knotts’ arrival, on May 20, 1865, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook lived in the house when he formally announced President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the state. 


    301 East Park Avenue, 850.922.2459

    The Knott House Museum is currently closed while we work to preserve the historic interior, improve the visitor experience, and create new exhibits to engage the public. If you have comments or questions, please email [email protected].

    Mission San Luis

    A visit to Mission San Luis transports visitors back to San Luis de Talimali, a community where Apalachee Indians and Spanish colonists lived together.

    The historical interpreters at this living history museum (the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida) are devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee Indian and Spanish colonial residents.


    Open Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Admission: Adults–$5.00,  Seniors (65 and over)–$3.00,  Children (6 -17)–$2.00 Children under 6, Active Duty Military, and friends Members–Free
    2100 West Tennessee Street, 850.245.6406

    Museum of Florida History

    At the Museum of Florida History, be inspired by Florida’s past as you stand next to the skeleton of a giant mastodon, navigate through Spanish maritime history, explore the citrus industry and Tin Can Tourist camps, travel aboard an early 1900s Florida riverboat, dress up in Grandma’s Attic, or share the experiences of Florida’s World War II soldiers and families on the homefront. You’ll find all this and more as you stroll through interactive exhibits about Florida history.


    500 South Bronough Street, 850.245.6400


    The Museum of Florida History is temporarily closed due to maintenance at the R. A. Gray Building. The construction is part of a project on the plaza level above the Museum’s exhibit galleries.

    More information is available here



    Contact Us

    Bureau of Historical Museums
    3rd Floor, R.A. Gray Building
    500 South Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250