Cortez, Fla. (June 10, 2020) – The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is undergoing a “Re-Imagination” of permanent exhibits. The conceptual plan, which was Phase I of a multi-phase process, went through public comment in early December 2019. Phase II will begin on June 15, 2020.
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 that 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 Myers, 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.
Phase II is expected to take six months to complete. During this time, the Florida Maritime Museum will remain closed to the public, though we look forward to serving the public through virtual programming such as maritime articles, artifact spotlights, a digital walking tour and virtual tours of the Re-Imagination in process. The anticipated re-opening date is January 5, 2021.
To learn more and follow the museum’s progress, visit https://www.floridamaritimemuseum.org/news-and-media/categories/museum-re-imagination.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM Part of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court’s Historical Resources Department The Florida Maritime Museum is located in a 1912 Schoolhouse in the historic fishing village of Cortez. The museum seeks to preserve and share Florida’s Maritime history, with a special focus on the gulf coast. This is done through a collection of informative exhibits, research materials, educational programs and community events.