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:
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.
Destin History & Fishing Museum is a Featured Travel Destination
Country Music Singer, Kevin Sport's Song "Destin"
Beyond the Music "Destin"
Lisa Blackwell, host and executive producer of Real Good TV, narrates a video on the history of Destin, Florida, that served as the inspiration for Kevin Sport's song, "Destin".
Museum Celebrates 15th Anniversary on October 1, 2020 Take this opportunity to visit and discover the history that shaped Destin from the small fishing village of the past to the world-class fishing and resort destination. Features 5,500 square feet inside exhibit space with over 100 mounts of locally caught fish and outdoor Historic Park Complex. Review Flyer >>
May 21st: The Destin History & Fishing Museum RE-OPENING Today!
All guests MUST wash their hands upon entering the building, either in our washrooms or with the provided hand sanitizer. Suggested also on leaving.
Maintain social distancing for your family.
Masks not required, but encouraged.
Museum is following CDC guidelines.
History & Fishing Museum Gumbo Contest & Silent
The Destin History & Fishing Museum announces their Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Fundraiser. The event will take place Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Destin Community Center from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Area restaurants and individuals compete for the title of the best gumbo on the panhandle. The event will include live music by local band Flash Flood and a silent auction packages including artwork, vacation stays, jewelry, 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 in advance or $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 click on the links below to access each form.
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100,000th Visitor to the Destin History and Fishing Museum
The Destin History and Fishing Museum welcomed it's 100,000th visitor, Michael Bozsa, Jr., of Millstadt, Illinois to the museum on April 9, 2019. He won a goody bag with museum shirts, Roots Deep book, shell ornaments, a $50 AJs certificate and an engraved tumbler.