Until further notice, the public facilities operated by the Florida Historical Society are accessible by appointment only, and face coverings are required for entry.
To schedule an appointment to access the Library of Florida History, please email archivist @ myfloridahistory.org, or call 321-690-1971 ext. 211.
To schedule a small group tour of the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, please email holly.baker @ myfloridahistory.org, or call 321-632-1830.
To schedule a small group tour of the Historic Rossetter House Museum and Gardens, please email site-manager @ rossetterhousemuseum.org, or call 321-254-9855.
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Explore Florida's Past with the Brevard Museum's Exhibits
The Brevard Museum features two wings of exhibits representing Brevard County’s rich and diverse history. Click on the links below for a “sneak-peak” at some of them. We hope these images will whet your appetite and you’ll stop in to learn the rest of the story!
Lesson plans are under development for many of the museum’s exhibits. Contact us for more information.
The Apollo Journey: Birth of the Space Coast An exhibit to celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Opening July 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm Featuring a presentation by Dr. Amy Foster, Space Historian, University of Central Florida Space-themed refreshments and music This event is...
Before the Space Coast, there was the treacherous Cape Coast. The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, first constructed in 1848 and rebuilt in 1868, helped guide ships away from the reef and played an interesting role during the American Civil War. May 11th - December 29th, enjoy a special 150th anniversary...
Citrus and Oranges originated in Asia but have a rich history in Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon planted the first trees in St. Augustine between 1513 and 1565. In Brevard County, Douglas Dummit established the Indian River Citrus industry on Merritt Island in the 1830s. Inside the exhibit: Answer...
Florida Crackers are cattle ranchers with techniques specific to the Florida pine and scrub lands. By cracking a whip they herd cattle while seated on "Cracker horses," sturdy equines bread for cattle work. Learn more about a unique lifeway that has endured from early Spanish settlers to the...
Henry Flagler established the Florida East Coast Railway in the 1880s connecting tourists and transporting citrus from Jacksonville to Miami, all in under 24 hours. For years, Rockledge was the southern-most terminal bringing northerners down to enjoy Florida’s warm weather. The railroad service...
Grace Taylor's Drawing Room Grace and Albert Taylor were one of Cocoa Village’s first families in 1880s. It is through the Taylor Trust and their donations that the Brevard Museum was established to preserve the legacy of Brevard County History for future generations. Albert Armer Taylor was born...
Memorabilia, souvenirs, and Floridiana from the post-WWII/pre-Disney tourism boom. In this exhibit you will: View over 250 pieces of Floridiana. Design your own souvenir plate. Answer Florida tourism questions. Snap a photo Tell us where you've visited
On loan for two years from Delaware North and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, is a model of the Hubble Space Telescope. The awe-inspiring back-lit canvases of nebulae now on display were taken by the Hubble telescope. The Space Shuttle Discovery Docks for a service mission at the Hubble...
At the Museum's Imagination Station, children of all ages enjoy blasting off into outer space from our NASA console. When they're ready to come back down they can scale the tree house and explore its hidden wonders.
Mrs. Goode's Class: What were one-room schoolhouses like? Students in grades 1-8 all learned together. The oldest sat in the back, and the youngest in the front. They learned history, reading, writing, geography, and arithmetic. The room was heated by a wood burning stove.
From foundations to future, our first Hometown History exhibit takes a look at our very own Cocoa. A difficult destination to reach, the City of Cocoa area was undeveloped until the late 1880s. With the development of easier modes of transporation such as steamboats, settlers began to venture South...
Through Paintings of Nostalgic Florida: The Original Highwaymen Artists, we explore the unique history of the 25 men and one woman who came to be known as the Florida Highwaymen. From the late 1950’s to the early 1980’s, a group of largely self-taught African American artists from Fort Pierce...
Early settlers to Brevard County, like Selina Mole Roberts and her husband Henry Roberts, lived in simple thatch-roof huts in the unbridled Florida wilderness. Pioneer Homestead of Selina Mole Roberts modeled after her first home in Florida.
During Florida’s Pleistocene Ice Age, megafauna (large mammals) dominated what was then a savannah-like landscape. Learn about giant ground sloths, mastodons, mammoths, saber-toothed cats, the American lion, glyptodonts, giant beavers, bison, tapiers, giant tortoises, dire wolves, and more. Inside...
The Windover Archaeological Site, the most significant burial complex in North America, is a charnel pond used by early hunter-gatherers more than 7,000 years BP. In 1982, a backhoe driver named Steve Vangerjagt discovered one of the most important archaeological burial sites in North America...
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