“Re-Imagination” of permanent exhibits

Updated: Mar 7

The museum is excited to announce that it is undergoing a “Re-Imagination” of permanent exhibits. After several meetings with select stakeholders, including community members and educators, FMM has a new conceptual design for the permanent exhibits. To keep the museum fresh for new and returning visitors, FMM will be undergoing a thoughtful “Re-Imagination.”


The last permanent exhibit change at the Florida Maritime Museum was 5 years ago. To keep the museum fresh for new and returning visitors, FMM will be undergoing a thoughtful “Re-Imagination” of their permanent exhibits. The Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum, the non-profit which supports the museum, has contracted with The Creative Pool museum exhibit design firm to produce a plan for the new permanent exhibits. Lead exhibit designer for Creative Pool, Charity Meyers, was formerly the Curator of Exhibits for the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. The lead content writer for the project is KC Smith. KC coordinated educational programs for the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee for twenty-five years and is a respected writer and editor for exhibits, grants and other projects. She has a deep rooted passion for maritime history and heritage inspired by her late husband Dr. Roger C. Smith, who served as Florida State Underwater Archaeologist for almost three decades. The Village of Cortez represents a unique and vanishing way of life. The goal of the plan is to show how the museum will build into its exhibits additional content regarding Florida working waterfront communities through the lens of the working waterfront, Cortez, where the museum is located. The plan will also showcase interactive features for children and adults and focus on being more accessible to the public.


After receiving public comment on the conceptual design back in December 2019, the museum is starting to undertake projects that work towards this goal.


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