MUSEUMS IN CEDAR KEY

  • Cedar Key Historical Society Museum
  • Cedar Key Museum State Park

Located at 609 Second Street, Cedar Key, Florida
Open Sunday through Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Staffed by volunteers, the Historical Museum showcases Cedar Key's colorful past.  The structure housing the museum was built in 1871 byCedar Key Historical Society Museum Edward Lutterloh.  During its lifetime, the building has served as a home, an army depot, a service station, a restaurant, a club, the city library and a gift shop.  It was acquired by Gertrude Teas in the 1960s. She lived upstairs and used the ground floor as a ceramic shop.  In 1978, she donated it to the Historical Society for the preservation of the "heritage of her beloved village."

The Cedar Key Historical Society was incorporated in 1977 with 106 single and family charter memberships.  Its purpose is "to bring together those people who are dedicated to the preservation and accurate presentation of the rich history of Cedar Key and surrounding areas, and constantly to endeavor to foster a greater interest in , and appreciation of, this priceless heritage among the people of Cedar Key, the State of Florida, and the nation."  Membership is open to anyone 18 years old or older who supports these goals. 

 

The Andrews HouseThe Andrews House is an extension of the museum and contains the office and meeting rooms of the Historical Society.  It is located behind the main building on State Road 24.  Built in 1910, the house began life as home of Dr Can and Mrs. Cora Andrews and family and also served as the office of the Standard Manufacturing Company.  In 1995, it was donated to the Historical Society by the family and moved to its current site. 

A visit to the Historical Society Museum is a treat!  Exhibits cover a wide period of history, from prehistoric times through the present day aquaculture. The life and times of the Standard Manufacturing Company, makers of the Donax palm fiber brooms are also displayed in the museum. 

 

 

Walking Tour signHistoric District sign

 

 

In addition, for under $5, you can treat yourself to a self-guided walking tour of the historic district of Cedar Key.  The compact but comprehensive guide lays out the history of this island city, provides a walking map to follow, and has black and white photographs with a brief history of each historic structure. 

Who knew time travel could be this easy?!

 

 

 

Located at 12231 SW 166th Court, Cedar Key, Florida
Open Thursday through Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday and Christmas Day
Click here to visit their web site.

Cedar Key Museum State Park

Established in 1962, The Cedar Key Museum State Park has exhibits depicting the history of Cedar Key.  The museum is dedicated to St. Clair Whitman who set up the first museum in Cedar Key (see below).  There are exhibits about Cedar Keys' days as a thriving port connected by railroad to the mainland and the Civil War era. Displays include information about the pencil and fiber broom manufacturing as well as old Cedar Key photographs,  In addition, there are exhibits about the Timucuan Indians  who occupied the area around Cedar Key prior to its settlement by Europeans. .

Civil War display

Saint Clair Whitman House

 

The St. Clair Whitman house has also been relocated to the park.  In 1945 he established the first museum in his home in Cedar Key with items he had collected since the 1880s.  The displays include his seashell and butterfly collections.  The home has been restored to reflect life in the 1920s in Cedar Key.  Near the house, a short nature trail leads to the Gulf of Mexico.