FMM closed Tuesday, June 1

Museum re-opens from 9 am to 4 pm starting Wednesday, June 2

Cortez, Fla. (May 24, 2021) – The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) will be closed on Tuesday, June 1, in observance of Memorial Day. Effective Wednesday, June 2, the museum resumes its regular operating hours which are 9 am–4 pm, Tuesday-Saturday (closed from 12–1 pm for lunch). Appointments will no longer be required starting in June. Social distancing is still encouraged while visiting the museum.

The museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Caught in the Storm: 100 Years of Florida Hurricanes,” celebrates the 100 year anniversary of the devastating 1921 storm that hit the Tampa Bay coast. The exhibit showcases a full timeline of Florida hurricanes throughout the last century. Visitors can also experience “Caught in the Storm” outdoors on the museum grounds and online at

All of FMM’s new exhibits are meant to engage the senses as safely as possible with limited touch and enhanced cleaning. The 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. Support for “Caught in the Storm” was provided by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The Florida Maritime Museum is located at 4415 119th Street West in Cortez. Visit for more information, or call (941) 708-6120.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA MARITIME MUSEUM The Florida Maritime Museum is located in the 1912 schoolhouse in the historic fishing village of Cortez. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and personal stories specific to Florida's fishing and maritime heritage. The museum offers a snapshot of old Florida through a collection of informative exhibits, educational programs, community events, and research materials. The Florida Maritime Museum is a part of the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller's Historical Resources Department.