Museum of Florida History Reopens with New Exhibit

The grand tapestry of 308 years of early Florida history is now being displayed in spectacular fashion, thanks to the completion of “Forever Changed: La Florida 1513-1821,” a new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Florida History. Phase 1 of “Forever Changed” opened in 2012 and featured the time period 1513–1565. Phase 2, which picks up the story from 1565 to 1821, tells the story of how European and American cultures vied for control over La Florida and how they interacted with native cultures. 

The museum was closed for seven months as part of the renovation project, which is located on the plaza level of the R. A. Gray Building. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the grand opening on Friday, Oct. 16.

“With the completion of the plaza renovation project, the official state history museum of Florida is now open to the public,” Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced. “With the opening comes a new and exciting exhibit, ‘Forever Changed,’ which brings to life the cultures, perspectives, and material evidence of the many diverse groups that forged the state’s past and left lasting legacies.”

A prominent feature of the exhibit is recreation of one bastion of the famous Spanish masonry fort, Castillo de San Marcos, in St. Augustine. There’s also a Spanish colonial style house and church, and a riverfront trading scene. For more information, go to or call (850) 245-6400.

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