Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Contact: (941) 778-0492
402 Pine Ave (PO Box 4315), Anna Maria, FL 34216
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society collects, researches, preserves, and exhibits materials and artifacts relating to
thehistory Anna Maria Island. Learn about Anna Maria Island’s rich history; including its settlers, characters, the original city jail, and a historic cottage that sat on the City Pier but fell into the Bay.




CVHS (Cortez Village Historical Society)
Contact: Cortezculturalcenter@gmail.com
P.O. Box 663, Cortez, FL 34215
The Cortez Village Historical Society collects, preserves and shares knowledge and information about the heritage of Cortez. Stop in the FMM store to pick up one of their books on the history of Cortez, or a village walking tour to guide you through the historic homes.

Cortez Village Cultural Center (CVHS)
Contact: Kaye Bell (941) 757-9760
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Located across the small bridge at the back of
the parking lot of the Florida Maritime Museum.
The aim of the Cortez Village Cultural Center is to preservethehistoric records and photos of the historic fishing village of Cortez, Florida. For more information about the families that settled Cortez, visit the Cortez Village Cultural Center in conjuncture with your visit to the Florida Maritime Museum.


F.I.S.H. (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage)
Contact: (941) 254-4972
P.O. Box 606, Cortez, FL 34215
F.I.S.H. is a grassroots organization dedicated to the promotion,
educationand preservation of Cortez and Florida’s commercial fishing and other traditional maritime cultures, including the environment upon which these communities depend.  The F.I.S.H. Boatworks program on the northern edge of the preserve, welcomes volunteers who have a desire to learn about the art of traditional boat building through hands on experiences. Contact Rick Stewart at (941) 580-1036 for more information.



A boat tour can be a great way to experience the natural beauty and history of the Cortez waterfront. Here’s a list of a few of the local guides:


Captain Kathe and First Mate Pup-Pup

(941) 812-3241
Captain Kathe is a 4th Generation Fisherwoman and Native Floridian providing real Florida tours, Boat rides, Eco tours, Fishing trips, Sandbar hopping, Sunset cruises and other local charters out of Cortez, Florida.


Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters
(941) 920-3307
Set sail for fun and relaxation with boat rides and tours from Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters. She is a 3rd generation commercial fisherwoman, born and raised on Anna Maria Island.


Paradise Boat Tours
(941) 465-8624
Enjoy a 90 minute, fully narrated tours with Captain Sherman to explore the beautiful ecosystem and wildlife in Sarasota Bay. Explore the waters and see the beautiful dolphins, rays, manatees and more that inhabit them.


The Whisper

(941) 713-5958

Enjoy a sailboat cruise into the past on the Whisper,  an 1870’s design Cedar Key Sharpie hand crafted by Naturalist and Captain, Geoffrey H. Kendrick.




Enjoy some local flavor at one of these nearby restaurants:

Cortez Cafe
Cortez Kitchen
O’Shucks Raw Bar & Grill
Star Fish Company
Swordfish Grill
Tide Tables
Tyler’s Ice Cream


4415 119th Street W.

Cortez, FL 34215

Ramp entry at the back entrance of the museum. Handicap parking available.


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.



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