Mission San Luis

2100 West Tennessee Street

About Us:

Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today the Mission is reconstructed on its original site so that visitors may experience vivid, personal encounters at this important colonial town. San Luis brings the 17th century to life through costumed interpreters, traditional buildings, exhibits, and archaeological demonstrations. Special events and children's day camps are held throughout the year. Guided site tours, education programs, and birthday parties are available upon reservation.

From 1656 to 1704, Mission San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital. 

At Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum walk the plaza where the Apalachee played their traditional ball games centuries ago. Visit the most important structure in the Apalachee village, the council house, and also stop at the home of the Spanish Deputy Governor. Pay respects at the Franciscan church and at the friary where the clergy lived. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer at the forge and encounter a soldier on guard at the Castillo de San Luis, the Mission's fort. Then explore the gallery where 300-year-old artifacts excavated from on site are on display.


Whitney McGinniss

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
This archaeological site / natural history museum has come a long way since the visits I remember as a child. They continue to rebuild the old buildings around the mission, furnishing them with period tools, furniture, and other artifacts. The last time we went they had added staff dressed up in period clothing acting as if they were living on the mission. Very cool addition! This is a great, interactive, entertaining way to learn about native American and Spanish history and culture. Can't wait to see what they add next. :-)

S Jones

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
The grounds are beautiful and the period actors were very friendly and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and learned a lot about the Spanish presence in Florida 100 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. It is worth your time and money if your in the Tallahassee area. Got lots of great pictures.

Robert Mack

Friday, May 4, 2018
Living musuem, basically a replica of what was once there with period actors. Even better, they have workshop courses for the stuff you want to learn in detail. Blacksmith courses are backed up for months tho.

Jose Kropp

Monday, May 14, 2018
Beautiful place and the people acting out the characters of the time were very enthusiastic and helpful! Just be wary that the heat is torture in the summer and there are only two spots with air conditioning.

Eric Songer

Saturday, May 5, 2018
An interesting place that tells the story of party on Florida's history that I did not know.