The Destin History & Fishing Museum is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit run by a Board of Directors opening to the public October 1, 2005. The museum is a tourist destination and key historical repository for the Destin area. The exhibits present the history of Destin and journey from a small fishing village to a major tourist attraction.

The museum includes:

  • 5,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the main building covering early Indians through development and growth of the village.

  • Exhibits in the outdoor Museum Historic Park Complex including the historic seine boat "Primrose", mullet boat "Lil Jimmy", seine net reel, and the original Old Post Office as well as the "Footprints in the Sand" memorial walkway.

  • Over 75 mounts of locally caught fish.

  • Historic photographs, artifacts, fishing equipment and documents of early Destin and the Fishing industry.
  • Mike Long Memorial Fish Wall featuring many fish mounts on a mural showcasing the science why the local fishing is so good.

  • Science of "Why Destin Sand is White".

  • Historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those that shaped the growth of early Destin.

  • Destin Fishing Rodeo Gallery featuring "all things" Rodeo in videos, photos and artifacts.


Ways to Experience the Museum:
  • Scavenger Hunts for the "young" and "young at heart".
  • Self-guided on your own.
  • Staff and/or volunteer lead personal tour.
  • Self-guided tour with MP3 Player and headset.
  • Personalized tour utilizing QR codes downloaded on your phone.
Group Tours Available:  
  • Student tours available with focus on specific objectives.
  • Group tours with overview in the Rodeo Gallery, door prizes, and guided tour throughout the museum.
Hours and Admission:  
Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Admission Costs: Adult $5; Seniors & Military $4; Children/Students (Age 7 Through College) $3; Children under 6 & Members are Free.





Museum News

Annual Gumbo Contest & Silent Auction Fundraiser

January 28, 2017

The Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Fundraiser will take place Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Destin Community Center from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Area restaurants and individuals compete for the title of the best gumbo on the panhandle.

The event will include music by "Flash Flood" and a silent auction of sixty plus packages including artwork, vacation stays, jewelry, and restaurant gift certificates, boating and fishing trips, services, golf, recreational activities and much more. Come sample all the areas' finest gumbo and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Advanced tickets are available now at the Museum for $12 per adult. Admission will be $15 at the door the day of the event.

For more information concerning entering your gumbo in the contest, donating an item for the silent auction or coming to enjoy the event contact the Museum at 850-837-6611 or email

Restaurant Contest Registration Form >>

Individual Contest Registration Form >>

Silent Auction Donation Form >>

2016 Events

Gumbo Contest & Silent Auction

General Membership Meeting and presentation by historian Hank Klein

Miss Destin "Soda Party

Founder's Day

5/4/16 to 5/7/16
Captain John Destin Art Show

Museum's 11th Anniversary - FREE Admission/Register fro Door Prizes

9/30/16 to 10/2/16
Destin Seafood Festival - Support the Museum with the AJ's Parking Concession and visit the Museum booth at the festival

30th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by the Museum with Fireworks donated by HarborWalk Village

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Destin History & Fishing Museum  |  P.O. Box 548  |  Destin, Florida 32541 |  850.837.6611
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