Please allow about an hour to visit the museum and enjoy the grounds. If one of FMM’s volunteer docents is on duty during your visit, they will be happy to give you a tour and share their unique insights. If you prefer to enjoy the museum independently or a volunteer is not available, self-guided tours are located at the front of the museum and a staff member or volunteer will always be on hand to answer questions or provide additional information.
Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Free, but donations are appreciated
Location: 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
Mailing Address: PO Box 100, Cortez, FL 34215
Phone: (941) 708-6120

No food/drinks inside museum.

No flash photography.

No pets allowed, only trained Service Animals.


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.




Parking is free and is the first left off of 119th Street West.


Accessible parking is available for visitors with a state permit. There are two parking spaces available on the left side of the parking lot closest to the rear entry with ramp access.


The Museum is located is located in the 1912 white brick schoolhouse facing 119th Street West. It is accessible from the main entrance facing 119th Street West or from the rear entrance which has ramp access.

The Museum grounds are comprised of three buildings, the 1912 Schoolhouse, the Burton Store, and the Pillsbury Boat Shop. The 1912 Schoolhouse houses museum exhibits and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 9AM to 4PM. The Burton Store and the Boat Shop are only open to the public when an educational program or Folk School class deems it necessary.


All restrooms in the museum are unisex and ADA accessible. The bathroom is located to the left upon entry from the main entrance into the museum. Burton Store bathrooms are also ADA accessible.



The Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions are wheelchair accessible.

Personal walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are also welcomed.

All audio and video displays within the museum are available with Closed Captioning.


Seating is available in several locations throughout the Florida Maritime Museum exhibits and gift shop. Upon entry to our permanent exhibits you will find seating to your left located in the Blake Banks Shell room. Just beyond this room, is the main auditorium which also features seating in the temporary exhibit space also located to your left. There is also seating available in the gift shop.


Service animals are welcomed at the Museum. The ADA defines service animals as the following:

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

Florida Maritime Museum is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

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Florida Maritime Museum, ​​Historical Resources Department for the Office of Ms. Angelina Colonneso, 
Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller