Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West, Cortez, Florida


Contact us:

P.O. Box 100, Cortez, FL 34215

Phone: (941) 708-6120


Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-4 pm (appointments not required)

Closed from 12-1 pm for lunch

Social distancing while in the museum is encouraged.

NOTE: The museum will be closed Saturday, July 3,
in observance of Independence Day.


Admission is Free, but donations are appreciated.

Museum Rules

No food/drinks inside museum

No flash photography

No pets allowed, except for trained Service Animals


Going to the Museum

A guide to preparing new visitors for a museum experience.
We created a special pre-visit guide that highlights key events that visitors are likely to encounter. The goal of this guide is to lend some predictability to this new experience.

View Going to the Museum (English/Spanish)

Text provided courtesy of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' Going to the Museum Guide.

The Florida Maritime Museum is pleased to offer a fun, inexpensive learning experience for your classroom, group outing or family. We also encourage you to expand your exploration of Cortez and the surrounding area.

Cortez Village Walking Tour

Group Tour Information

School Field Trips

Things to do in Cortez

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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 can be found to the west of the museum, accessed from 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 in the historic 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 Cortez Rural Graded Schoolhouse, the Burton Store, and the Pillsbury Boat Shop. The schoolhouse houses museum exhibits and is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 9 am-4 pm. 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 Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is making every possible effort to be compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) on our website, While we are committed to making our website accessible to any and all users, we recognize that not all pages may be ADA compliant at this time. We welcome comments on how to improve the site’s accessibility for users with disabilities. If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please contact us. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the website address of the requested material, and your contact information.



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 exhibit galleries and gift store. Upon entry to our permanent exhibits you will find seating near the welcome desk. Just beyond this room is the main auditorium which also features seating in the temporary exhibit space also located to your left. There is seating available in the gift store as well.


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.