Welcome To The Tallahassee Museum
With 52 acres of natural wonders, historic buildings, high-flying adventures and animal exhibits, this is no typical museum. See what makes us unique.
Our colorful sculptures by Jim Gary turn old car parts into even older dinosaurs. Can you spot them all?
Come see our new Birds of Prey Aviary which is home to our eagles, owls, and hawks.
Treemendous Adventures lets even young guests experience the thrill of ziplining.
The Big Bend Farm recreates life here in the 1880s, from the animals and plants living outside to the spartan features of the home itself.
Hands-on activities abound in our school break camps and educational programs.
Learn about the species survival of red wolves along our Wildlife Trail.
What Our Volunteers Say
I was there today with a 3 1/2 year old who was scared as could be during the Tree Adventure. Tyrese was amazing with her! He was patient, kind, and held her hand as she went through the course. I…
What a fantastic place! The tree-to-tree was awesome. And our guide, Kayla was great! Very informative, instructive, and professional And encouraging! She took the time to encourage and instruct the couple of girls that started to have a melt down….
This was our second annual visit to Tallahassee from Arizona and second visit to the Tallahassee Museum to go zip lining. Such great fun for kids and grown ups acting like kids!! Thank you Emily for being so patient and…
Definitely the best gift we have received for my daughters birthday! Its the gift that keeps on giving all year. We love going almost every weekend to spend time outdoors, see the animals, and play on the playground.
I cant pick just one memory. To me it will always be the Tallahassee Junior MuseumI volunteered there as a teenager in the early 1970s. Helped out everywheregot to experience everything from the wild animals to the farm animals to…
Meandered through the wildlife trail and then hit the ropes course. Got above 30 ft a couple times, definitely an exciting activity.
We had a great morning running around the Tallahassee Museum. Emerson especially loved all the dinosaurs made from old car parts! Plus all the animals too of course.
Coconut Grove Oral History Project
For decades, Coconut Grove has attracted artists, writers, and musicians. The Frost has chosen to tell a story of a moment in the Groves rich history through a select group of visual artists. The creative life of the Grove sprang from the vibrant people who chose to create in this Miami neighborhood. It is not a single artist or group of artists but the spirit of a community that has contributed to the Groves reputation as a wellspring of creativity.
In conjunction with the exhibition Place and Purpose: Art Transformation in Coconut Grove,the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum presents an oral history project that was conducted over several months with different members of the Coconut Grove community.
Banner: Miami News, Grove Mad hatters are bled hatters now The winners in the homemade hat contest in the Coconut Grove Festival display their entries after judging. From left are Selma Magram, third place winner Ted Peters, a judge: Mrs. Julia Follurd, first place Joyce Bryant of Porgy and Bess cast, also a judge. And Mrs. Eleanor McCufferty , April 23, 1965, courtesy of the HistoryMiami Museum
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Halloween Howl Haunted Trail: A Complete Volunteer
Tallahassee Museum education staff and volunteers have been putting on the Halloween Howl event for over two decades. This spooktacular two-night event is the Museums largest on-grounds fundraiser, and the events quarter-mile Haunted Trail is a huge crowd pleaser, with over 1200 people experiencing the Trail each year.
Last year, approximately 2000 volunteer hours were spent creating and planning the Haunted Trail, which takes place on the Museums wooded nature loop that runs along Lake Hiawatha. According to Haunted Trail volunteer and coordinator Jeff Horton, theres a lot of hard work that goes into creating and planning out the Trail that most people dont know about.
We design and construct the sets, hand craft many of the props, recruit volunteers, do lighting design, and a host of other activities related to the Trail, said Horton.
Horton says most of the props on the Museums Haunted Trail are hand-made by the core volunteer team, and constructed out of recycled and biodegradable materials. Many materials are salvaged or picked specifically because of its low impact on the environment.
We try to re-purpose or reuse as much as we can. One mans trash is our treasure. Its not 100%, but we work hard at it.
Horton, who is the director of the Institute for Applied Business Research at the FSU College of Business said he always loved Halloween and the Tallahassee Museum.
Sports For The Spectator
Although Tallahassee does not field any professional teams, watching college sporting events is very popularso popular, in fact, that the city sponsors Downtown Get Downs, high spirited, themed block-parties, on most Friday nights preceding college home football games. The free events feature food vendors, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. Football, baseball, and other intercollegiate sports are played by the Florida State Seminoles and Florida A & M Rattlers.The Nike Tallahassee Open takes place in April at the Golden Eagle Country Club.
The Tallahassee Sports Council is involved in hosting multisport and community partnership events, such as the hosting NCAA basketball and tennis championships and the Sunshine State Games. The Sports Council also serves as agent to such local sports entities as the Tallahassee Soccer Association, the Amateur Sports Association, and the Center Classic.
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Halloween Night At The Former Junior Museum Rocks
Halloween haunted howl was a great time for our grandchildren. Ages 9,7 and 3. Parking is a bear however! The games and activities for the kids were great. This is our second year and we plan to attend next year as well.
My kids really enjoyed this place. Despite the hot weather in the summer, it’s worth it to see this attraction. It’s also an educational place to learn about animals and plants in the area.
The name is misleading as this is a mostly nature museum outside. Great fun on the ropes and zip line course. Then spent more hours exploring the grounds and having a snack. Animal enclosures for Florida wildlife are well done.
Sports For The Participant
An undisturbed natural environment adds to the enjoyment of the many recreational resources in the area. In 2004, Tallahassee’s Parks and Recreation Department won a Gold Medal Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, naming it the best in the country for cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000 residents. The city has more than 2,700 acres of parkland. The popular St. Marks Trail, extending from Tallahassee south to the coast, is available to cyclists, skaters, hikers, and equestrians. The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a popular eco-tourism attraction, with its undisturbed coastal marshes and a preserved lighthouse. A stretch of parks in the downtown area spans some five blocks. Several ocean beaches are less than seventy miles away, and Tallahassee has its own freshwater beaches. Lake Hall at Alfred B. Maclay State Park and Lake Bradford offer public beach access, swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. Golfers can enjoy the city’s several municipal and public courses as well as award-winning private courses. Three local parks provide lighted tennis courts.
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Arts News From Coca: Tallahassee Arts Guide
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|Holy Mother of God Greek Food FestivalPresented by Holy Mother of God Church at Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox ChurchOct 21, 2016 – Oct 22, 2016 At the festival, you will taste traditional flavors of Greece with dishes such as flaky spanakopita, souvlaki, fasolaki, mousakka, baklava and much more! There will also be live music and folkloric Greek dancing performances.|
|Presented by 621 Gallery at 621 GallerySaturday, Oct 22, 2016 This event showcases local and regional artists, including: Paul Tamanian, Mark Dickson, Barbara Balzer, Lillian Garcia-Roig, Linda Hall, Linda Van Beck, glassworks from the collection of TLeaf Glass Gallery, and many more. Proceeds of art sales benefit the non-profit organization and help them with their mission to provide free exhibitions and programs to Tallahassee.|
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|Nightfire: A Community Performing Arts CelebrationPresented by Awesome Foundation – Tallahassee at FAMU Way – Lake AnitaSunday, Oct 23, 2016|
|Presented by Tally Shorts Film Festival at All Saints CinemaFriday, Oct 21, 2016|
|Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra: Bohemian RhapsodyPresented by Ruby Diamond Concert Hall – Florida State UniversitySaturday, Oct 22, 2016|
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Coca Spotlight: Brian Davis Stokes Fun With Farce
Every place needs to be taken care of, remarks Brian Davis artistic director of Theatre Tallahassee. Thats the thrill and reward of working in the nonprofit world. You are responsible for keeping an organization going.
Because the theater is now in its 70th season, Davis wonders what the original founders would think of how he has cared for it, as well as its trajectory and impact in the city. This season he directed Leading Ladies, which opens June 6th and will run until June 23rd. While working on the comedy, Davis explains the delicate balance that must be struck when building a season.
Every season we get in one or two shows that arent the blockbuster hits, but will preserve the creativity of the theater, says Davis. You have to have theater that challenges people.
Davis says theater fit his goofy personality while he was a student. He was involved with a local theater group as a creative consultant after college, but stepped away from the field for nearly 15 years. He returned to it after moving to Tallahassee.
Davis volunteered for the Tallahassee Museums Halloween Howl as an actor and make-up artist. Each subsequent year, he built the haunted trail before serving as the Tallahassee Museums membership manager. Davis training in sound engineering and broadcast radio lent itself to running a soundboard for Theatre Tallahassee. The following season he directed Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and eventually he took on the role of artistic director.
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Rated Among Nations Best
Sunshine Artist magazine confirmed what many Tallahassee art lovers thought for years the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival has no equal anywhere.
The magazine rated the popular Tallahassee arts show in the nations top five for two consecutive years and was the nations top-ranked show in 2017. The LeMoyne Chain of Parks Festival was ranked among the top 100 in previous years but made a meteoric rise from No. 94 in 2016 to the top spot in 2017.
Held during the third weekend of April at Bloxham, Lewis and Randolph Chain of Parks in downtown Tallahassee, it attracts 170 juried artists from around the country. But original fine art is just part of the story. The festival includes a 1560s living encampment, Be The Art photo opportunities for visitors, an art village for children, live entertainment and food.
Dates for the 2019 Chain of Parks Festival are April 2728. For more information, visit ChainofParks.org.
Libraries And Research Centers
LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library maintains six branches housing nearly 319,000 volumes. The library offers a Tech/Media Section with a computer laboratory, books-on-tape, CD-ROMs, and a large video collection. Special features are its Youth Services section, Consumer Center, Map Resource Center, and Grants Information area. The library provides Tallahassee FreeNet, a free community internet provider that offers instruction and support.
The city of Tallahassee boasts more than 40 special and research libraries affiliated with educational institutions, state agencies, and private companies. Governmental libraries cover such subjects as environmental protection, agriculture, commerce, legal affairs, transportation, medical services, and public service.
Research centers affiliated with Florida State University cover such topics as European politics, aquatic research, biomedical toxicology, environmental hazards, , neuroscience, communication science, computing, weather, insurance, management, real estate, population studies, and education. FSU’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is one of the nation’s newest high-tech laboratories for scientific research and engineering. Florida A & M University researches areas such as anti-inflammatory drugs, space life sciences, computers, transit, and child development.
Public Library Information: LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library, 200 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301-7720 telephone 487-2665
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Post Civil War Twentieth
Wealthy Northerners discovered the area in the 1870s and 1880s, and former cotton estates were bought up and turned into hunting retreats. Prompted by the concerns of plantation owners over the potential loss of the native quail population, Tall Timber Research Station was established in the 1920s, and soon became an international groundbreaker in the study of ecological issues. In 1929 Dale Mabry Air Field opened, and commercial aviation was first brought to the area. During the 1930s nearly 100 new buildings were constructed in Tallahassee and Leon County as a result of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.
Tallahassee’s 1999 designation by the National Civic League as an All America City was described by Mayor Scott Maddox as “clearly one of the most exciting things to ever happen to Tallahassee. . . . verifies what we’ve known for so longthat we have one of the greatest cities in all of America.” The Tallahassee Boys’ Choir was one of the community projects that led to the AAC honor the others were the Community Human Services Partnership, a joint human services funding program from the city, Leon County, and the United Way, and Kleman Plaza, a cornerstone of downtown development and revitalization.
Historical Information: Black Archives Research Center and Museum, Historic Carnegie Library/FAMU Campus, off King Blvd. and Gamble St telephone 599-3020
Tallahassee Museum Halloween Howl
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Tricks and Treats for Every Age
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Wicked fun abounds for the faint of heart and thrill-seekers alike at the Tallahassee Museums 18th annual Halloween Howl, set for October 26th& 27th from 6-10 pm nightly. A living museum offering engaging experiences focused on North Floridas natural environment, native wildlife and cultural history, Tallahassee Museum welcomes the spooktacular season with the highly anticipated event held on the Museum grounds. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children for non-members and $10 for adults, $8 for children for Museum Members .
Families with an appetite for amusement enjoy the Not-So-Spooky Trail, The Carnival Games and more. Those seeking a fright are terrified in the dark woods of the Haunted Trail, while all guests enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the grounds. Ghoulish sounds from the incomparable childrens entertainer Safari Man and family-friendly rockers Rhythm Abuse echo from the main entertainment stage sponsored by Tallahassee State Bank. The annual costume contest open to all ages offers eerie and cute sights and plentiful prizes, while the Trail Break Café features tasty treats for a delectable dinner or a welcome snack during the event. A new addition this year is not for the faint of heartdaring guests can get their adrenaline pumping on a spooky guided Tree to Tree Adventure, where chills and thrills are guaranteed to be waiting around every tree bend.
Tallahassee Museum Announces Cancellation Of All Fall 2020 Events
Courtesy of The Tallahassee Museum
TALLAHASSEE, Fla In a proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure and potential spread, the Tallahassee Museum announced today that based on an abundance of caution, they had canceled all significant fall fundraising events. These events include Halloween Howl, Zoobilee, and, unfortunately, one of the Tallahassee regions most treasured and highly anticipated events of the season, Market Days. The decision to cancel these events did not come easily. It will have a significant consequence on the Tallahassee Museums budget and the economic impact these events provide to our community.
First and foremost, we are thankful for everyones desire to participate in this years events, particularly Market Days. All proceeds from these fundraising events support the Tallahassee Museums mission to inspire people to transform their lives, community, and the world through an enhanced understanding of our regions natural and cultural environments, said Rebekka Wade, COO for Tallahassee Museum. The decision to cancel Market Days was especially difficult. Since its inception more than 50 years ago, we have not canceled Market Days, even in the days immediately following Hurricane Kate in 1985.
We look forward to returning next year with the same high-level artists and top-quality craftspeople from some of the finest artisans from around the country.
Tallahassee Museum Presents Halloween Howl
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The Tallahassee Museum will hold its 22nd annual Halloween Howl October 23 and 24 from 6-10 p.m.
Halloween Howl is a two-night event filled with hours of fun activities for children, as well as adults. There will be trick-or-treating, a land of mystical creatures, both haunted and not-so-spooky trails, carnival games, prizes and much more.
Natasha Hartsfield, director of education at the Tallahassee Museum, explains what Halloween Howl is all about.
Halloween Howl is the largest on-site fundraiser held for the Museum, raising over $40,000 last year. It provides a safe environment for young children and their families to come learn some spooky science in our Discovery Center, play games, win candy and prizes, and enjoy lots of entertainment from music to spooky adventures through the haunted trail,which is likely to be the best yet! exclaimed Hartsfield.
Hartsfield, also stated the event brought more than 4,000 people between the two nights last year and this year they are expecting many more.
There will be live music and spooky sounds from a few local bands, such as Safari Man and The Jamie Eubanks Band.
The museums Trail Break Café will offer tasty treats for a delectable dinner or as a snack during the event.
An annual costume contest will also be a part of the Halloween Howl and is open to guests of all ages.
Tallahassee resident, Martian Marley took to Facebook to express his excitement of Halloween Howl, saying he is ready to go.
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