The Amelia Island Museum of History

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The Amelia Island Museum of History


Explore the Fascinating History of Amelia Island, including Timucuan Village, Spanish Missions, Pirate Legends, the Civil War Period, Florida Railroad, and the History of Nassau County, Florida.



With over 400 years of recorded history under eight flags, Amelia Island is an especially historical place that "the French visited…the Spanish developed…the English named…and the Americans tamed." Fort Clinch is the oldest masonry fort in the nation.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is a great place to start Exploring Amelia Island's fascinating history. Located in the heart of town in Nassau County's old jail, showcasing more than 4,000 years of natural and human history with artifacts plus a variety of exhibits and vintage photography.
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The Amelia Island Museum of History

The Amelia Island Museum of History

233 S. Third Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 261-7378

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Hours:
Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 4 pm
Sun. 1 pm – 4 pm
Special Hours: Closed at 1pm on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, and New Years Eve. Closed all day on the first Saturday and Sunday of May (Shrimp Festival), Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years day.

Guided 8 Flags Tours:
11 am and 2 pm

Admission:
$8 Adults / $5 Students / $5 Military

The museum is located in the restored Nassau County Jail, circa 1935, in the heart of Fernandina's Historic District and is one of Northeast Florida's most unique cultural institutions. The museum is noted as Florida's first oral history museum, and is complete with historical objects and archaeological finds.

Experience history exclusively through the narrations of docents, walking tour guides, lecturers and instructors who revive 4,000 years of Amelia Island's astonishingly impressive history, personalized by museum artifacts and the Victorian seaport architecture of Fernandina Beach.

With over 400 years of recorded history under eight flags, Amelia Island is an especially historical place that "the French visited…the Spanish developed…the English named…and the Americans tamed." Fort Clinch is the oldest masonry fort in the nation.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is a great place to start Exploring Amelia Island's fascinating history. Located in the heart of town in Nassau County's old jail, showcasing more than 4,000 years of natural and human history with artifacts plus a variety of exhibits and vintage photography.

The Museum features a number of permanent exhibits, including Discovery Ship, which is an interactive exhibit recreating an old ship made for children. Or learn about the area's first residents and see a rendition of a typical Timucuan Village as well as the imposing figure of a Timucuan Chief. The Historic Preservation room shares the story of historic preservation in Nassau County from the movement's inception to its completion and ongoing challenges. Footprints In Time highlights the fascinating personalities that were a part of Nassau County's development from the 16th century to present day. Spanish Missions Of La Florida showcases artifacts and stories relating to the Spanish Mission Period of Nassau County's history. Civil War And The Florida Railroad is a dual exhibit that examines the conflict on Amelia Island, as well as the impact of one of Florida's greatest statesmen, David Yulee. The Nassau County exhibit is an extensive examination of the industries that have shaped Nassau County's growth over the years. The Amelia Island Museum of History is housed in the old Nassau County jailhouse. Explore a recreated jail cell and learn about life as an inmate.

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