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GENERAL INFORMATION

Where are classes held? 

All classes are held on the property of the Florida Maritime Museum unless otherwise specified. Classes are currently being held outdoors on the Bratton Store porch and in our shaded picnic table area due to indoor space limitations on account of awaiting construction. 

 

The Florida Maritime Museum is located in the historic Cortez Fishing Village. Regular and accessible parking is available for free on site. Click here for directions.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are the material and supply fees included in the cost? 

Yes! The amount you see on the website is the full amount you will be paying for a class, which includes instruction, necessary supplies, and any materials needed to complete the course. Your ticket price reflects the cost of class materials, instructors, and keeping the Folk School open for all. Any additional and optional supplies, such a notebook for taking personal notes, are listed in the “About the event” section of the class listing and vary depending on the class.

 

Are there age requirements?

Our classes are generally designed for students 18 years or older. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. More descriptions about age limitations can be found at the end of the class description for each individual class. Call the Florida Maritime Museum with specific questions at 941-708-6120 or email us at fmminfo@manateeclerk.com.

I have mobility issues or restrictions; will I still be able to attend? 

Of course! The Bratton Store porch is accessible by ramp, and we have ADA compliant picnic tables accessible by paved pathways. Our museum is also accessible by ramp if you would like to visit before or after a class. If you have mobility concerns or other questions and would like to discuss class details, please contact us at 941-708-6120 or fmminfo@manateeclerk.com.

Can I sign my group up for a private class? 

No, we are no longer offering private classes. However, if your club or group would like to purchase all the tickets for a listed class, you are welcome to do so. Call 941-708-6120 or email us at fmminfo@manateeclerk.com with any questions.

 

What terms and conditions am I agreeing to? 

By taking a class with The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum, you will be required to agree to our terms and conditions by checking a box at checkout. Click here to view a PDF of this waiver. 

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FAQ

All classes are offered by the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, Florida.  Our classes are intended for adult learners unless otherwise specified. Your tuition is our primary means of support, along with memberships and donations.

REGISTRATION

 

How early should I register?

We recommend registering as soon as possible to secure your spot. Our classes are small and can fill up quickly. We typically close registration the week prior to the class The day registration ends is listed under the ticket details for each individual class.  

 

How do I register and pay for a class? 

Payment is due in full at the time of initial registration in order to secure your place. Registration can be made completely online or in person at the Florida Maritime Museum.

 

Online: Register and pay online 24 hours a day. Click here to see our calendar of upcoming classes. 

In Person: Register and pay in-person at 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215. Open Tuesday–Saturday from 9 am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

What should I expect after registration? 

Keep an eye on your inbox for an email confirmation (be sure to check your junk or spam folder). If your registration confirmation is missing, please call us at 941-708-6120 or email fmminfo@manateeclerk.com to confirm that your registration is complete.

 

What if the class is full? 

First, check our calendar for any additional class dates on the same subject, as we often offer more than one date for a class. We keep registration open until noon the day before the class. If any reservations are cancelled, we will open slots back up. If we are only offering one date for a class and it is already full, call 941-708-6120 or email us at fmminfo@manateeclerk.com to request an additional date or see if we can squeeze you in. We will try to add additional dates for the classes most requested. Feedback and requests are always welcome. 

CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

 
What if I register but can’t attend? 

Refunds: To respect the time and effort put into the Folk School by staff and instructors, all class purchases are FINAL. Due to the nature of our classes, teacher fees and the supplies involved are final, so all ticket purchases are also FINAL. No refunds will be given. 

Registration Transfers to Another Student: If you are unable to attend a class you have registered for, you may transfer your ticket to another person. Registrations are transferable to another person up until the day before the class. Class registrations can only be transferred to another student once. If you would like to transfer your registration to another person, please call us as early as possible at 941-708-6120 or email fmminfo@manateeclerk.com.

What if the Folk School cancels a class? 

Though it is rare, the Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum reserves the right to cancel classes as it deems necessary. Possible scenarios include unsafe weather conditions or the illness of an instructor. 

In the event of a cancellation by the Folk School, registered students will have an option to apply the class fee to another class with open registration or to receive a full refund of the registration fee. .

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