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Lake Minnie with boat shed in background on Florida Maritime Museum grounds

Visit Us


Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West, Cortez, Florida



Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

Closed from 12pm - 1pm daily for lunch.

See upcoming closure dates here

New Hours (starting Jan. 2024)

Tuesday - Friday and 2nd & 4th Saturdays,

10am - 4pm


Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Museum Rules

No food or drinks inside the museum.

Shoes and shirt required inside the museum.

No flash photography.

No pets allowed. Service animals welcome.

Contact Information 

P.O. Box 100, Cortez, FL 34215

Phone: (941) 708-6120


The Florida Maritime Museum collects, preserves, and shares traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts, and personal stores specific to Florida's fishing and maritime heritage.

An old birdbath turned into a garden planter on mosaic tile outdoors.

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.

The Florida Maritime Museum is a part of the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Historical Resources Department, with additional support from the Friends of the Florida Maritime Museum. Situated on the Cortez Nature Preserve, FMM grounds were purchased with funds from the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 Program and the Manatee County Board of County Commission.

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