This educational museum called Old Florida Museum is just six miles off I-95 in historic St. Augustine. Explore Florida's ... More
Old Florida Museum
This educational museum called Old Florida Museum is just six miles off I-95 in historic St. Augustine. Explore Florida's pre-European past when Timucuan Indians inhabited the region. Get a feeling for what it was actually like to live and work in those times. Or imagine yourself during the Spanish colonial era, drilling holes with pump drills, discovering 18th century amusements or even hand-dipping homemade candles. You can pretend you're an old-time Florida pioneer, writing with actual feather quill pens in a true-to-life pioneer homestead.
we used a Groupon for 5. We thought okay we will take a walk through. Not happening... The guides were great...it was like we went back in time. We earned coins then spent them in the store. the lady in the store was friendly and personable. She HELPED OUR INDECISIVE child to choose a dacado item(bag of colorful shells) that she could make into art work with a little glue!!! Thanks!!!!
This is not your typical "snore-type" museum where you walk through and everything is behind a plate of glass. This is an interactive, "hands-on" type of museum. We (2 adults and 2 children) were met by a guide in the Spanish Village who let us grind corn, work with a pump drill, make tabby, dip candles and play games from the 16th century. We learned of life in the late 1500's Spanish Village and then the Timucuan Village where we made shell necklaces. The Indian Village also had a corn dart game and we learned about what they grew to eat, how they hunted, cooked and made weapons.
The adults had as much, if not more fun than the children. We were able to choose a job and earn money to be used to trade with or to later use in the Gift Shop.
We will definately be telling our friends about this place and how much fun it was. Great memories!
THIS PLACE IS NOT INFORMATIONAL. MY KIDS DID NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING. THE TOUR GUIDE DID NOT TELL US ANYTHING. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. THERE WAS SECTIONS CLOSED WE DIDNT GET TO VISIT WAS TOLD THAT THEY WERE FOR SCHOOL KIDS ONLY WHAT A CROCK. STAY AWAY.
We recently visited on September 8, 2010. When we drove up, the place look deserted (after all, it was after Labor Day) and my husband said, "Are you sure we want to go here?" I insisted that the reviews had been good and that we should give it a try. They all loved it! By "they" I mean my husband, 11 year old son and 9 yr old, 5 year old and 4 year old daughters. They twisted a rope, made candles, built a wall, dressed up like Indians, made a necklace out of shells, wrote with a quill pen in the old schoolhouse, and washed laundry the old fashioned way. We are homeschoolers who were on vacation and it was a field trip and fun trip all in one! We all had a spectacular time, our guide was informative and so patient with the kids. We paid $25 for our family of 6 and it was worth every penny! I would definitely recommend this for families with kids but for anyone else, not so sure. They told us that until 2 months ago, they were only open to school groups so the place was built with kids in mind.
It's a mystery to me why this place is open. The exhibits are nice but there's no information anywhere to tell you what you're looking at and no characters, even though they advertise that on the website. The "activities" are mainly for kids and aren't anything you couldn't set up on your own backyard for free. Unless you have really small children, you can blow through this place in ten minutes. It felt like such a waste of money. Go to the Fountain of Youth or Spanish Quarter if you want to see actual reenactors and history.
Definitely one of our favorite spots on our trip. Staff was friendly and knowledgable, especially the Indian guide, very patient with my kids and never seemed to mind their questions. Very reasonably priced, my family of 4 was only $25 and we spent almost 2 hours! It did get hot, but we were there right after lunch so it was to be expected. Highly recommend this!
My 13 yr old niece was visiting for the week, decided to take her here since I had never been myself. What a wonderful idea that was --- hands on experience and well worth the price. From the minute we walked in everyone there was very helpful and we learned soooo much in a fun and interesting way. It was ejoyable for our whole group and we will certainly go again and recommend it to all our friends here and visiting. Thanks to the staff for making it a day to remember!!!
Just got home from a trip to St Aug, so glad we found this museum! My kids loved the tour, my son must have spent 10 minutes trying to start a fire. My daughter even got to be the chief! The guide was wonderful, she was very patient with the kids and answered all of our questions. It was very interesting to me, too, I've always had an interest in history and this was information I've never heard before. There was an older couple on our tour and they enjoyed themselves as well, so it's not just for kids. Very reasonably priced, especially compared to some of the ghost tours. Highly recommend!
We live in the area and haven't been here before. We took our 7 year old grandson who was totally enthralled with the tour. The gentleman who re-enacted the character of the Indian was fantastic. He was engaging to all ages and made the visit thrilling to kids. Definitely a must for visitors and locals to take your kids---well worth the admission price.
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