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.

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 News

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.

Destin History & Fishing Museum Gumbo Contest & Silent Auction 

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.

Individual Entry>>

Restaurant Entry>>

Auction Donation Form>>

33rd Annual Boat Parade Winners Announced
The Destin History and Fishing Museum, Margaritaville, and Land Air Sea Productions hosted the 33rd Annual "Holiday on the Harbor" Destin Boat Parade Sunday, December 15, 2019. Trophy sponsors for the event were: Five Star Properties, Hooter's, Beachcomber, Kelly Plantation Fishing Club Margaritaville, Infinite Laser, The City of Destin and the Destin History & Fishing Museum. Restaurant gift certificate award sponsors for the event were: Harbor Docks, Harry T's, Boshamps, AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Brotulas's, Margaritaville and Dewey Destin's.

City of Destin Councilman Cyron Marler was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Margaritaville and Manager Adam Miles hosted the parade judges and Museum Board and guests. Judges for the event were: Chris Manson of the Beachcomber, Catherine Card from the City of Destin and Drew McDowell from Arbor Wealth Management. Twenty-six Christmas Spirited boaters registered for the lighted boat parade which was viewed all along Destin Harbor. A spectacular Pyro Shows, Inc. fireworks show sponsored by HarborWalk Village crowned the finale of this unique Destin Christmas holiday event.

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The Gulf of Mexico A Maritime History JOHN S. SLEDGE, November 21, 2019
The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History presents a compelling, salt-streaked narrative of the earth's tenth largest body of water. In this beautifully written and illustrated volume, John S. Sledge explores the people, ships, and cities that have made the Gulf's human history and culture so rich. Many famous figures who sailed the Gulf's viridian waters are highlighted, including Ponce de León, Robert Cavelier de La Salle, Francis Drake, Elizabeth Agassiz, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dwight Sigsbee at the helm of the doomed Maine. Sledge also introduces a fascinating array of people connected to maritime life in the Gulf, among them Maya priests, French pirates, African American stevedores, and Greek sponge divers.

Sledge Book Forthcoming >>

Booksigning Event >>

Museum Celebrates 14th Anniversary
The Destin History and Fishing Museum is marking their 14th Anniversary on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 with free admission to the Museum. 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.
Full Article >>

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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.

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JAWS 2 "The Making of the Hollywood Sequel" Book Release Event

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of "JAWS 2" at the Destin History and Fishing Museum.
Meet the author as well as local members from the cast and crew.
Click Here For Flyer>>

The Destin History and Fishing Museum's New Commercial

30A Prime Interview with Destin History and Fishing Museum

Kathy Marler Blue provides an overview of Destin's History during the 30A Prime Interview.


Project 100 Fish Mounts

Project 100 Fish Mounts is an initiative to expand our fish mount collection to include 100 fish mounts by 2018. Destin History & Fishing Museum needs your help to meet our goal.

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Destin History & Fishing Museum  |  108 Stahlman Avenue  |  P.O. Box 548  |  Destin, Florida 32541 |  850.837.6611
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