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Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums, Museums, Natural History & Natural Science Museums

Mission: Established in 1957, the Tallahassee Museum encourage people to reach their full potential and contribute to a better sense of community, purpose and place by inspiring them to care for their natural world and value the role of history in their lives. Educational exhibits, programs, and publications highlight the relationships between the region''s history, culture and natural environment and encourage people to make become wise stewards of their natural and historical resources. Additionally, the Museum serves as a public trust for the collection, preservation, and conservation of the region''s historic artifacts and buildings (primarily from the 1800s forward), natural science specimens, and native wildlife that are at risk in a region and state facing rapid development and growth.

Geographic areas served: North Florida, South Georgia

Programs: The Tallahassee Museum is nationally accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and consists of a beautiful 52 acre campus where historic buildings (14) and associated artifacts (15,000), a living collection of native animals (50) in their natural habitats (11), and a nineteenth century farmstead are housed. The Museum also features temporary and nationally traveling history and science exhibits, a hands-on Discovery Center, nature trails, gardens, and a nationally accredited preschool program. Approximately, 2,000 educational programs, living history demonstrations and Animal Encounters are presented annually, both on the Museum?s grounds and through outreach services into the region. Programs are tailored for audiences ranging from preschool through senior citizens. The Museum annually hosts a number of special community events including the Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival, the Summer Swamp Stomp Music Festival, and Market Days, one of the southeast?s largest arts and crafts shows and sales.The Museum serves approximately 150,000 people a year which includes approximately 25,000 school children from 37 of Florida?s 67 counties.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My very first membership was to the Tallahassee Museum - I was 5 years old. I remember getting my membership card and being so proud that I was a member. Now that I am older I am still very proud of that membership and have maintained my membership over all these years to help support the museum - our richest cultural resource. The Tallahassee Museum is thriving with educational experiences, wonderful events, great people and acres and acres of beautiful preserved land and native animals. I feel at peace when there - enjoying the outdoors, the exhibits, the farm or the many other offerings. My kids spend time there going to camp or to events. What a great place to spend the day and remember our heritage. Everyone should take the time to visit the Tallahassee Museum often - there is always something exciting to see.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Tallahassee Museum is a wonderful place for young and old alike. I visited the Museum as a child and continued as an adult. My son attended camps from age 3-14 has volunteered last year during summer camp. He has a broad knowledge of natural science and I attribute that 100% to the Museum. The staff is dedicated and their love of history and nature shines through. Our family actively supports the Museum and we have received 10 fold what we have put into it. Take time and stroll the grounds, visit the farm, check out the wood burning stove...you too will find the peace and serenity of the Tallahassee Museum.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Tallahassee Museum offers something for just about everyone. Live animals, plenty of nature trails and lots of historic buildings to explore. There is so much too do, and yet plenty of quiet spaces for those who just want to enjoy the Museum grounds.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Museum is a great place for people of all ages! From the animals to the history and just the peacefulness. My daughter used to go to preschool there, sometimes I would go to early to pick her up and just sit and read a book because it was just so pretty and quiet there. My kids beg me to take them there often.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Museum is such a great place to get away from it all, and experience nature first hand. The Museum has something to offer all ages, from the animals, to collections, to historic buildings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is just an amazing place in that it tells the stories of our region's history from an environmental perspective. With its large naturally landscaped campus (50+ acres) you can really get a sense of what Florida was originally like. They have an amazing collection of historic buildings where they offer living history demonstrations. You can really see how the natural resources and southern climmate influenced the architecture, use of these buildings, and the lifestyles of the people who originally helped settle this area. Their displays of native Florida wildlife in large natural displays, nature trails, and the biological diversity of the entire campus really makes you stop and appreciate the importance of preserving our natural resources. I also understand that they have some of the most respected educational programs for kids and adults in the state of Florida. I try to visit this Museum as many times as I can and always bring my out of town visitors when in town. They really do a great job here on what I imagine is a pretty lean budget for all they have.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Tallahassee Museum is such a great part of the Tallahassee Community. Their educational programs are wonderful for both children and adults. This is the perfect family outing for any family.

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Former staff

Rating: 4

I love what the museum does for the community and the animals there. The summer camp is like no other camp I've experience.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to the Museum since I was a little girl. I love the animals and the visiting exhibits. I've been a volunteer with the animal department off and on for the past 10 years or so. I'm so glad we have a place like the Museum in Tallahassee and I am now bringing my daughter to visit.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

This museum provides a amazing look at old Florida-- before the tourists and snowbirds came. An actual farm from the 1880s (with farm animals), historic buildings, and a fabulous collection of native Florida animals (including Florida panthers!) in large open natural enclosures. Plus the staff is amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. It's the best museum in this part of the country, and a bargain, too! If you go to Tallahassee, don't miss it!

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love this place! It is about 50 wooded acres of beauty and serenity right next to a national forest and chain of lakes. There are historic buildings that show life in Florida's Big Bend for the past century and a half and a natural habitat zoo with regional species enjoying their lives and making ours better. I often visit for a hike on the boardwalks and nature trails or to catch an art, history or science exhibit. Several times during the year there are terrific special events that include great jazz and rock music and living history activities. It is a wonderful place for individuals and family groups.