Destin History and Fishing Museum
The Destin History and fishing museum has been around for decades. It is conveniently located in the heart of the Destin community. Visitors are able to get a real sense of Destin history at this museum. There are numerous photographs, exhibits and antique collections to keep you occupied a couple of hours or so. Even those who are not historians will come to appreciate what they have to offer,
What to Expect
The Destin History and Fishing Museum has a group of employees that are eager to help make your experience a great one. You can call, e-mail or walk-in to schedule a reservation, ask general questions or request information to be sent to you. The staff is knowledgeable and has been working with the company for many years, so feel free to test their Destin history smarts.
You will get a taste of the Gulf of Mexico at the Destin History and Fishing Museum. The exhibit takes up over 100 feet of space and displays some of the best fish caught in the Destin Ocean. There are many collections of old rods and reels. They have demonstrations of life in Destin before electricity was invented. Destin’s original post office is still intact and is shown along with the other tour. You will also enjoy the viewing of The Primose which is the oldest boat around, built in the early 1900’s. Finally, pictures of some of the first people to arrive on Destin, fishermen, the white sand beaches, first business’s and many other interesting things are on display to view.
Become a Destin History and Fishing Museum member and enjoy the tax deduction on your annual federal income taxes. The memberships available are Individual, Family, Business/Club/Charter Boat, Sailfish, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Grand Slam and Benefactor. The Individual membership covers a single person, The Family consists of Spouse and children, and The Business/Club/Charter boat covers all employees only. These basic memberships can be upgraded. The Sailfish is a family membership and comes with a t-shirt for everyone. The White Marlin is a lifetime membership and comes with newsletters, history book and museum t-shirt. The Blue Marlin is also a lifetime membership and you will have you r name bronzed in the museum, receive a newsletter and history book. The Grand Slam and Benefactor are two other lifetime memberships offered.
Membership forms can be downloaded online or picked up from the museum. You can mail or walk you completed application in. If you have questions or need help filling out the form you can contact the museum and talk to one of the friendly staff or e-mail your questions.
Currently the Destin History and Fishing Museum has free copies of their newsletter available online. All you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader, a computer and printer to print it off. If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free copy can be downloaded from the site.
The museum is currently making plans to expand. They will be adding lecture seminars, educational courses, live demonstrations, more exhibits, a gift shop and space to accommodate birthday parties for adults and children.
Tips for Visiting
If you are planning a trip to visit the Destin History and Fishing Museum here are a few things to keep in mind. If you have a really large group of 30 or more people and will need a tour you are advised to schedule a reservation in advance. Staff is limited and may not be available to give you a tour if you arrive. The summer months are the busiest months of the year. There is no food allowed in the museum; however there is Burger stand next door. Strollers are allowed and it is wheelchair accessible. Also, there are discounts given to seniors and children over 4. Children under 4 are free.