Tallahassee Museum

3945 Museum Drive
850-575-8684

History:

In 1957, a group of teachers, several civic groups and other interested members of the community  established the Tallahassee Junior Museum to offer school children enriching experiences with science, art, history, and world cultures. In the 1960s, it moved to its present location on a chain of lakes. By 1980, the Museum exhibits included a collection of restored historical buildings, and by 1990 its Wildlife Florida Trail of native wildlife featured Florida panthers and endangered red wolves.

Regional growth and the strengths of its collection led the Museum to revise its mission and focus on the region’s natural environment and cultural history. It dedicated itself to increased professionalism and in 1985 received AAM accreditation (renewed 1998, 2009). A 1989 capital campaign raised over one million dollars to add a visitor center, improved parking, renovated exhibition spaces, café, enhanced visitor amenities and offices, and to expand the potential for hosting significant traveling exhibits.  In 1992, the Museum changed its name from the Tallahassee Junior Museum and in 2005 the Museum officially began doing business as the “Tallahassee Museum.”

In 2013, the Museum added digital access to its collections through its website. A new interpretive plan, adopted in 2012 and initiated in 2013, guides the Museum in remaining relevant to its growing community. The addition of the Tallahassee Tree-to-Tree Adventures courses, Jim Gary’s Twentieth Century Dinosaurs, an outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring the largest collection of works by Jim Gary, and improvements to the Visitor Center entrance and the Florida Wildlife Trail are only the first results of the new interpretive approach. The community takes pride in its Museum, one of the few in the nation that combines historical buildings with a living display of native animals in a biologically beautiful and diverse setting.



Reviews

Catherine Lingar

Rating:
Monday, May 14, 2018
Perfect for everyone! From taking your toddler to your teenager to your mom and dad. It is a great place spend a wonderful afternoon together! It has a little bit of everything for everyone. History lovers will enjoy the old Village area and Farm. Animal lovers will love the nature trail. Adventure Seekers will love the zip lining!

Bob Skrob

Rating:
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Great place to visit & hang out. Many animals in a near natural settings. Shows how early Florida farm life worked. Great visual aids for learning history. Fun for adults, a must see for children. I do recommend.

Ashley Kean

Rating:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The "Tallahassee Museum " would more accurately be described as a historical building site and native Florida zoo. The exhibits are a caboose, school house, church building, plantation, and private farm out buildings + 1800s pioneer house. There is a lovely, imaginative playground. Native Florida animals are observable via a winding boardwalk. Fantastic day for sunshine and walking. Boardwalk winds in dappled shade. Ziplines sound overhead and are available for an additional admission price. We were disappointed that the Tallahassee Museum does not participate in any historical, garden, or zoological reciprocity programs. :(

Deana McBride

Rating:
Monday, March 26, 2018
Very cool. Nice nature area with animals-bear, fox, coyote, birds of prey. Zipline and tree course looked fun. Went over animal enclosures and swampy land. Old farm with animals that can be pet when they are near the fence. Lots of information at various sites. Old train car. Not too expensive either. Most things cost $20 or more, but it was less than $25 for the two of us.

Eric Pragle

Rating:
Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Incredible experience with our kids. We have the yearly pass (very affordable), so we go often with our kids. The animals are very interesting especially when the weather changes; we really like watching the cougars and otters. The otters are cute when they play with each other and swim in the little pond. The staff at Tallahassee Museum are great, extremely friendly and will go out of their way to information about an animal or to spot it. My daughter likes to doing the high ropes and is trying to get me up there on the tree to tree adventure. Tallahassee is extremely luck to have the Tallahassee Museum.

Recent News

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