Discover how the Sunshine State got hooked on fishing as you explore this special exhibit about the rise of sport fishing in Florida. Learn about the growth of recreational fishing in the late 19th century and how it became such a popular pastime today. More than 100 artifacts, including tackle, trophies, and fish mounts, highlight significant periods in Florida’s angling history. Stunning paintings by William Aiken Walker and Stanley Meltzoff depict the natural beauty of aquatic life. You can even try your hand at Florida fishing on a Nintendo Wii.
Catch The Lure of Florida Fishing at the Museum of Florida History from March 14 to August 26. Parking and admission are free. For more information, call 850.245.6400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of events associated with The Lure of Florida Fishing
|March 13||Exhibit Opening and Reception • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Mike Rivkin, fishing historian and author—lecture and book signing
“Angling and War: The Collision of Big-Game Fishing and WWII”
|March 20||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Sue Cocking, journalist and outdoors writer—lecture
“Views From the Casting Platform”
|March 25||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Tom Logan, fly fishing expert—lecture
“Fly Fishing Adventures in the Big Bend Area”
|April 12||2nd Saturday Family Program • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
MoLab, Inc., science educators—hands-on program
“Goytaku: The Art of Fish Printing”
|April 17||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Randall Scott, marine artist—lecture
“Portraits of the Sea—Art of the Dive”
|April 22||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Thomas Neil Knowles, historian—lecture and book signing
“Long Key: Flagler’s Island Getaway for the Rich and Famous”
|May 10||2nd Saturday Family Program • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Heather Sneed, marine fisheries educator—hands-on program
“Catch and Release”
|May 15||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Doug Kelly, journalist and author—lecture and book signing
“Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers”
|May 27||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Martha Saconchik-Pytel, author and historian—lecture and book signing
“Baker’s Haulover: A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers”
|June 14||2nd Saturday Family Program • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary—hands-on program
“All About Knots”
|June 19||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Mark Sosin, author and angler—lecture and book signing
“A Sportsman’s Memoir”
|June 24||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Helen Donaldson, Destin Fishing Rodeo executive director—lecture
“The Destin Fishing Rodeo: 66 Years in the Luckiest Village”
|July 12||2nd Saturday Family Program • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Jeff and Caroline Ilardi, sport fishing experts—hands-on program
“The Joys of Sport Fishing”
|July 17||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Terry Tomalin, journalist and author—lecture and book signing
“Florida: The Fishing Capital of the World”
|July 22||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Chef Justin Timinieri, FL Dept. of Agriculture—cooking demonstration
“Fare from the Sea”
|August 9||2nd Saturday Family Program • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Joe Budd Aquatic Center—hands-on program
“Where Fishes Live: Habitat and Anatomy”
|August 21||3rd Thursday • 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Joan Matey, artist and museum educator—lecture
“Joan Matey’s Fishy Fashion Show”
|August 26||History at High Noon • Noon–12:45 p.m.
Michael Moore, West Marine, and Peter Cowdrey, historian—lecture
“Wayfinding at Sea: Then and Now”
About Visiting the Museum of Florida History
- Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 4:30pm
- Saturday: 10:00am – 4:30pm
- Sunday and holidays: Noon – 4:30pm
Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are accepted.
Museum of Florida History
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
- Lot E: Parking garage adjacent to the Museum.
- Metered Spaces: Martin Luther King Blvd.
- BUS Parking: Bus parking available at the rear of the building.
- Additional Parking: Kleman Plaza (Bronough / Duval St.) and the Civic Center (Pensacola St.)