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Florida Maritime Museum

4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL 34215
+1 941-708-6120
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Very interesting local lore.

Our first trip to Cortez. The museum had very interesting exhibits related to local history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul B
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Small museum providing information about the history of Cortez

If you are passing, call into this charming local maritime museum. A guide will walk round with you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fisherpl
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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 shelter. After the school closed in 1961, it was eventually sold to master weaver Robert Sailors. Sailors made the building his home and studio. As a resident he made some lasting contributions to the property, including the “surprise fountain”. It was not until December of 1999, with assistance from the Florida Communities Trust, that Manatee County purchased the schoolhouse and an adjoining parcel to create the Cortez Nature Preserve. Residents of the Cortez community are passionate about preserving the past and ensuring that both residents and visitors of Manatee County understand the significance of the village and this schoolhouse. Because of their passion, the building was reopened as the Florida Maritime Museum in 2006.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 15 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
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Reviewed 6 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

Thank ljdcom
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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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Reviewed 5 July 2017

The Florida Maritime Museum was founded on the importance of the regional commercial fishing industry. Located at 4415 119th Street West in the historic fishing village of Cortez, it tells a number of stories pertaining to all aspects of Florida's maritime history. Exhibits include historic...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2017

The displays in this museum were very well presented. We found it to be very interesting and informative. Definitely glad we took the time to visit.

Thank Janice D
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Small maritime museum housed in an old schoolhouse. Has lots of info on local maritime history. Variety of exhibits.

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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Great history lesson at the former Cortez village school. They have some wonderful exhibits that tell the history of the only fishing community left in Florida dateing back to pre WWII. The local fish market is only a few blocks away

1  Thank Diego G
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