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Upcoming Events & Classes


Cortez Nautical Flea Market

Saturday, October 23, 8 am-12 pm

Do you love boats? Have salt water flowing through your veins? Are you dreaming about deals on fishing gear, marine equipment, or other maritime flotsam and jetsam? FMM has partnered with the Cortez Cultural Center to host this FREE family-friendly event on Saturday, October 23, from 8 am to 12 pm. Click here for details and to register to become a nautical vendor.

Christmas in Cortez

Saturday, December 4, 10 am-2 pm

Join us for this FREE family festival and enjoy carnival-style games, holiday-themed crafts and more, plus a special visit with Santa!

Music on the Porch

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 12-2 pm

FMM has partnered with the Cortez Cultural Center to host this FREE music event, held in the Chickee Hut on the museum's grounds.

This jam session begins at 12 pm and continues until 2 pm on the second and fourth Saturday each month. Click here for details.


On-site Lectures

Admission to our lecture series is FREE but you must have an Eventbrite ticket for entry. Once building capacity is reached we cannot allow any more people into the building. Please arrive early, by 5:55 pm; unfilled seats will be given to those on the wait list.

FMM members can reserve seats in advance by calling (941) 708-6120.​

No lectures are scheduled at this time, but in the meantime check out our recorded lectures!

Off-site Lectures

FMM staff may be available to lecture at your local library or group meeting on the history of Cortez and more! There is no required honorarium, but donations are always appreciated. Call (941) 708-6120 for more information.


Our staff will travel to speak to groups (non-profit or business related) anywhere in Manatee County. If requested to speak outside the county limits, we will travel within a range of 25 miles from our business location. This does not apply if asked to speak to a statewide or nationwide convention or annual meeting related to history, heritage, museums or historic preservation. 

Instructors and guest lecturers at the Florida Maritime Museum and Folk School are independent contractors or volunteers whose
opinions are not necessarily those of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller, or Manatee County.

Please note that visitors to the Florida Maritime Museum may be photographed or videotaped during their visit.

These photos/videos may be used for marketing, advertising, or public relations purposes without compensation.

Pre-registration is required for all classes and lectures. 

Registration closes the day before the class. Please review our Waiver, Cancellations and Refund Policy.