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Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
+1 941-708-6120
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R I P snooty

Great quick rainy day excursion ..planetarium was fun, museum short but held everyone's interest... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
New York City, New York
Looking at Florida's history from a maritime perspective

The Florida Maritime Museum was founded on the importance of the regional commercial fishing... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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The schoolhouse was constructed in 1912. It was the second schoolhouse to be built in Cortez, a small fishing village that was established in the 1880’s. For many years, it served not only as a school, but also as a community center and hurricane shelter. After the school closed in 1961, it was eventually sold to master weaver Robert Sailors. Sailors made the building his home and studio. As a resident he made some lasting contributions to the property, including the “surprise fountain”. It was not until December of 1999, with assistance from the Florida Communities Trust, that Manatee County purchased the schoolhouse and an adjoining parcel to create the Cortez Nature Preserve. Residents of the Cortez community are passionate about preserving the past and ensuring that both residents and visitors of Manatee County understand the significance of the village and this schoolhouse. Because of their passion, the building was reopened as the Florida Maritime Museum in 2006.
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4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
+1 941-708-6120
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Great quick rainy day excursion ..planetarium was fun, museum short but held everyone's interest ages 7,11 65 and 70...manatees were sweet but in mourning snooty the oldest manatee in captivity had passed on to the ocean in the sky ..even the gift shop was very...More

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FMM_Cortez, Manager at Florida Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Good Morning, We are so pleased that your choose to spend your rainy day at a museum. The museum you visited was actually the South Florida Museum. Please stop by and let them know what a great experience you had. Thank you so much for...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017

The Florida Maritime Museum was founded on the importance of the regional commercial fishing industry. Located at 4415 119th Street West in the historic fishing village of Cortez, it tells a number of stories pertaining to all aspects of Florida's maritime history. Exhibits include historic...More

1  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 26 June 2017

The displays in this museum were very well presented. We found it to be very interesting and informative. Definitely glad we took the time to visit.

Thank Janice D
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Small maritime museum housed in an old schoolhouse. Has lots of info on local maritime history. Variety of exhibits.

Thank DoreneH_12
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Great history lesson at the former Cortez village school. They have some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dateing back to pre WWII. The local fish market is only a few blocks away

1  Thank Diego G
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Popped in for a visit today, a small interesting museum about the local area, situated in the old school house, a lot of local history about the Cortez area.

Thank Veronica G
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We were so very pleased to find this fascinating glance of Florida history , so well explained by John MacDonald who has lived in the area as a boy

Thank norman341
Reviewed 12 February 2017

A great little museum, with something for everyone. It depicts the history of Cortez, the sleepy little fishing villiage.

Thank homesolution825
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great assistance from staff members. This place tells the story of how it used to be before the Yankees and other Northerners started their quest to ruin the south. A very worthy experience to witness simpler times.

Thank Henry K
Reviewed 23 November 2016

This little museum impressed us with the quality of the exhibits and detailed descriptions. My young daughter and older parents really enjoyed it.

Thank Kim W
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