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New Smyrna Museum of History

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Address: 120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7039
Phone Number: +1 386-478-0052
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10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The New Smyrna Museum of History highlights the rich history of the...

The New Smyrna Museum of History highlights the rich history of the southeast Volusia county area. Our building was built in the mid 1920s and served as a post office for approximately 40 years. Originally founded in 1768 by Dr. Andrew Turnbull, his settlement, New Smyrna, lasted only nine years. The center of the museum is dedicated to this settlement and the brave and hearty souls who originally settled our area. Included are videos, artifacts, models, and panels. The exterior portion of the museum is a timeline of our area. Items of interest include ancient fossils, a Civil War display, dozens of historical photos, a working archaeology lab, World War I and II information, and a beautiful and moving display to the local men who served in the military during the Vietnam War. We also feature a room that offers short term displays of local importance. These displays change 3-4 times per year and are sponsored by local groups and individuals. A small gift shop, featuring local and Florida history books and other items is on site. Our museum does not have a set entry fee per person but does ask for donations. These donations help cover operating costs and maintenance of the building.

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This is a quaint little beach town. This museum is free of charge but of course they accept donations! Local history and artifacts of NSB. Allow about an hour to walk through... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always nice to know more about quaint little towns. When my family moved here, we took to embracing the local history. Surprisingly, we didn't know this gem was here for the longest time. When we finally stopped in, we found it delightful. The folks that staff the museum and friendly and knowledgeable. They even got our young daughter excited... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This museum is very well organized and easy to follow the history of NSB from the first settlers all the way through today. The volunteers that run the museum were nice and really knew the history of the city. The displays were really well done, well presented. It's easy to miss this little place, but if you visit NSB, please... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is a quaint little beach town. This museum is free of charge but of course they accept donations! Local history and artifacts of NSB. Allow about an hour to walk through and read all about the town and speak with local historians.

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Very interesting museum, very nice staff. It brings you back the"old times". Highly recommended. One of best local museums I ever visited

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SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. I will pass along your compliments to our volunteers. They love hearing that people enjoy their visit. Have a great day! More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Very clean and well presented. We really enjoyed the early settlement accounts. There is reason to believe that NSB was the first European settlement in America.

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Thank scott l
SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Scott, Thank you for taking time to review the museum. We're glad you enjoyed your time here and found the early settlement display to be of interest. Please feel free to stop in any time! We love return visitors. More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This museum is jam packed with local history that will interest all history buffs, adults and children alike.There are many historical objects and photos as well as interactive exhibits, in particular one that identifies NSB as the second oldest settlement in the US. You can also see a dugout canoe and fossil replicas of Ice Age mammals found in Volusia... More 

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Thank Debbe C
SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to our volunteers. They love it when visitors have a great time. If you are back in the area please feel free to stop in again! More 

Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Very nice local museum. Inviting, well organized, informative relative to NSB. Docents make you feel welcome and are very well trained. Don't miss this and remember to put some $$ in the contribution box.

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Thank Peyecat
SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you very much for visiting the museum and taking time to write a review. Our volunteers love what they do and enjoy passing their enthusiasm on to visitors. Thank you for your kind words about them! I love being able to pass along compliments like yours. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

This is a small museum in downtown NSB. You can spend an hour or more learning about the area's history. The exhibits are good.....but the discussion with knowledgeable on duty local volunteers really provides more interesting information. Because this area is one of the earliest of US settlements ....there truly is lots of interesting history here.

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Thank Dave R
SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We appreciate the kind words. Our volunteers are amazing and many have lived in town there entire lives. As you so correctly state they can provide great information. Our volunteers truly make this an incredible place to visit and we thank you taking the time to stop in. We hope... More 

New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I took a friend to the NSB Museum and he enjoyed it. I'm a lifelong resident of NSB, and I learned many new things and discovered that Ronnoc Lane is Connor spelled backwards. I have lived here since 1949 and did not know that.

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Thank James M
SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and the kind review. There is so much history to New Smyrna Beach and some of it, like Ronnoc, is hidden. Ronnoc Lane and formerly Ronnoc Grove were owned by Washington E. Connor, an early supporter and investor in our city. He also owned a toll bridge and founded the city library. The building in... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I really love this place. I have lived in and out of NSB for the past 40 years and I never knew half of the interesting things I learned here. What a great way to spend a few hours learning about our little city.

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