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Sweet small museum

Lots of beautiful shells, ship models, historical photos, and a small gift shop. Admission is... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
A small cultural gem

I love this little museum, with it's local history and restored schoolhouse. You can tell much... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Maureen O
New Jersey
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The schoolhouse was constructed in 1912. It was the second schoolhouse to be built in Cortez, a small fishing village that was established in the 1880’s. For many years, it served not only as a school, but also as a community center and hurricane...more
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4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Lots of beautiful shells, ship models, historical photos, and a small gift shop. Admission is free/or donation.

Thank NanSea03
Reviewed 3 April 2018

I love this little museum, with it's local history and restored schoolhouse. You can tell much love and effort went into communicating the Maritime history of Cortez Fishing Village, a vital contributor to this area of Florida.

Thank Maureen O
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

As a frequent winter visitor to the area I have always been interested in the seemingly insular and anachronistic fishing village of Cortez beyond the restaurants. The FFM is a small free admission museum located in the historic 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse which has an interesting...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 9 March 2018

As charming as the town of Cortez it’s located in, this little museum is an overview of things nautical and the local fishing industry. It’s worth spending some time here and then touring this quaint area. If there is a storybook Florida, Cortez is it....More

Thank DomRiccardo
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Our first trip to Cortez. The museum had very interesting exhibits related to local history centered on the fishing industry.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 7 February 2018

If you are passing, call into this charming local maritime museum. A guide will walk round with you or you can tour on your own. Cortez has an interesting history & here it is well illustrated with engaging exhibits.

Thank fisherpl
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

In the heart of Cortez and housed in an old school building, the museum focuses on all things maritime that are representative of SW Florida : models of fishing boats, dioramas of the first fishing villages, tools of the fishing trade, nets, photos documenting days...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2018

We had a guided tour because they weren't busy but you can walk around yourself and read the information. Learned a lot about the new place we live-Cortez.

Thank joanneMinneapolis
Reviewed 16 December 2017

This museum, right off Cortez Rd. offers a nice introduction to the history of the Village of Cortez. There is also a ice collection of sea shells which interests the younger children. The museum is free. There is a gift shop with interesting nautical items.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Great quick rainy day excursion ..planetarium was fun, museum short but held everyone's interest ages 7,11 65 and 70...manatees were sweet but in mourning snooty the oldest manatee in captivity had passed on to the ocean in the sky ..even the gift shop was very...More

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FMM_Cortez, Manager at Florida Maritime Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Good Morning, We are so pleased that your choose to spend your rainy day at a museum. The museum you visited was actually the South Florida Museum. Please stop by and let them know what a great experience you had. Thank you so much for...More

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