Florida Maritime Museum to reopen after “Re-Imagination” of Permanent Exhibits

Cortez, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2020) – The Florida Maritime Museum is pleased to announce that it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, after an extensive renovation project, unveiling a “re-imagined” entryway, education room, and gift store in the museum.

The gift store features a “More than a Museum” exhibit showcasing photos and newspaper clippings from the history of the 1912 schoolhouse. Visitors can view the Blake Banks shell collection in the new “Captain’s Corner”, as well as stroll through a small maritime research library. Due to building maintenance in the Cortez room, visitors will also receive a fresh perspective on the auditorium gallery that has been combined with elements of the Cortez gallery until maintenance is complete.


These re-imagined permanent exhibits were sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes) with matching funds provided by the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum.


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