5 Museums to Visit in Tallahassee

Starting off, when it comes to art and museums, it is never a goodbye, but more of a “see you later.” For centuries, museums have been showcasing the power to create unity on a social, political, and local level. They provide a sense of community and place to celebrate a collective heritage.  Museums play an integral role in preserving the history of our society. Through them, we can learn about how our nation, communities, and cultures came to be.

In addition, Tallahassee has been Florida’s state capital since 1824, and museums demonstrate that there is so much more than what meets the eye in this beautiful city. Ready to experience and even become part of Florida’s history? Here are five great museums to check out in Tallahassee.

1. Goodwood Museum and Gardens

Imagine this.

You stepped into a time machine, and it is now the 1830s. You are sitting among majestic oaks, sprawling lawns, and a breezy front porch as the day goes by. Equally important, at Goodwood Museum and Gardens, a tour guide can show you the distinctive historical structures on the grounds, including the main house that still stands today. Although many aspects of the main house were remodeled in the 1910s, you can still feel and see its old flair. With the help of your tour guide, history will come to life with personal insights and creativity. Goodwood Museum and Gardens truly showcases history. It is located at 1600 Miccosukee Road and is open daily from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. For more information, visit: https://www.goodwoodmuseum.org/

2. Tallahassee Museum

Come explore 52 acres of natural wonders, historic buildings, high flying adventures, and animal exhibits.

The Tallahassee Museum is the perfect place to bring your children because it is an active place to stroll and surround yourself with all the natural beauty it has to offer. Between the wildlife exhibits, nature trails, guest animals’ exhibits, history and heritage, museum store, zipline, aerial adventures, and their delicious café, you’ll be busy all day. Located on 3945 Museum Drive, it is open from 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M, Monday through Saturday, and from 11:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M on Sunday. When you visit, there is even free parking available in the museum parking lots. Admission rates run from free (for children under 3) to $12.50 for adults. Annual memberships are available. For more information, visit https://tallahasseemuseum.org/visit/

3. Knott House Museum

As you step onto this property, it feels like you went back into time to 1843.

Here, you can find the present Florida history from the prehistoric era to the mid 20th century. It contains a 27,000 square foot gallery with more than 3,000 square feet of altering exhibition space. You’ll also find more than 46,800 artifacts throughout the state of Florida all over the house. The Knott House Museum is a historic destination when Brigadier General Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on those very steps of this home. On May 20, 1865, it marked the newfound freedom of the Florida Panhandle’s slaves.

Additionally, on this 30-to-40-minute tour, it will open your eyes to the original furniture from this time period.  The Knott House Museum is located on 301 E Park Ave, and is open on Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M to 3:30 P.M. It is also open on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. and on Sunday & holidays from noon to 4:30 P.M. So come explore a great place to learn something new about Tallahassee today. For more information, visit https://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/about/the-knott-house-museum/

 NOTE: As of October 2021, the Knott House Museum is temporarily closed to the public for historic preservation work. For more information, please call 850.922.2459.

4. Tallahassee Antique Car Museum

If you enjoy browsing vintage collector’s items, this is the special historical museum for you.

Here, there is a car for every purse and purpose. Throughout the museum, it contains mirrored walls showcasing more than 100,000 cars. In addition to antique cars, there are eclectic collections including Steinway pianos, Remington sculptures, case knives, Barbie dolls, boats, Native American artifacts, art objects from Thailand, and much more. It is located at 6800 Mahan Dr. and is open from 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Of course, I promise you’ll be amazed by the items you’ve never seen before. You can find out more information on its website at https://tacm.com/

5. Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Museum

As you walk into this historic building, you will find a national treasure.

The center was founded in 1976 by Florida A&M University history professor, DR. James N. Eaton, and is now the historic Carnegie Library on FAMU’s campus. Since then,  the Black Archives have served as a research center for all who wish to explore and dive into history. Here, you’ll be able to experience a great collection of historical items on a guided tour throughout the museum There is much that makes this museum a must-see experience. It is located on 445 Gamble Street and is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. For more information, go to their website at http://www.theblackarchives.com/

Moreover, there is so much history yet to be discovered, and places where memories have been left behind for us to find. We are the history in the making. As you discover what Tallahassee museums have to offer, you will experience events and create memories that could impact you for a lifetime. Go visit these five beautiful historical Museums and let us know what you think by commenting below.

Published by The TC Team

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