Smithsonian Museum Day-Carrabelle History Museum
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

106 Avenue B S.E., Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone Number
(850) 697-2141



Smithsonian Museum Day-Carrabelle History Museum

10 am - 5 pm

FREE Admission but donations are welcome!

The Carrabelle History Museum will again open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, from 10 am–5 pm as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 200,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“We are pleased to be participating again in this year’s Museum Day Live! event”, said Tamara Bibb Allen, Museum Director. “The Carrabelle History Museum’s mission is to preserve the history and culture of Carrabelle and the surrounding area. Participating in Museum Day Live! allows us to share the wonderful story of Carrabelle with more visitors.”

In honor of this promotion, Ray Andersen, a local professional artist, will be at the museum from 10 am-12 noon working on a beautiful, historical mural of Carrabelle's working waterfront circa 1880-1920. This large painting in progress depicts a time when lumber, seafood, turpentine and people all met at the waterfront. Come see this amazing art in progress and meet Ray!

In addition, for this special day the Carrabelle History Museum will have a temporary exhibit showcasing the railroad and steamboats of Carrabelle’s boom time. Come learn the fascinating history of the transportation of a bygone era along with the music and sounds that reflect the lives of the working class people of those times.

Current exhibits:

Carrabelle's "First People"

Growing collection of pottery shards and other artifacts from Carrabelle’s “first people”, native peoples who lived here over two thousand years ago.

The Steamship Tarpon--The SS Tarpon was key to building the Carrabelle community in the early 1900's before sinking off the port of St. Andrews. The exhibit focuses on the local residents and heroes who were part of the crew. This is thought to be one of the most complete accounts of this ship in the country.

Salt and the Civil War--Artifacts include a very rare Civil War era salt kettle found buried in the harbor at Alligator Point.

Other Exhibits

In addition, there are many other exhibits, artifacts and photos of various local industries, such as seafood, logging, mechanics and gas stations, and of Carrabelle families from the pioneer days to the present containing a butter churn, a cast iron stove, an old wash board and more. The original “World’s Smallest Police Station”, the medical bag of the beloved midwife "Miss Tillie" Miller and a collection of the oldest city records available are all on display at the Carrabelle History Museum.

Also be sure to check out the wonderful gift shop filled with unique gifts and souvenirs about local Carrabelle area culture and history. 

The Carrabelle History Museum is located at 106 Avenue B, SE, Carrabelle, FL and is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket (printed or on a Smartphone) will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per household is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

Funding in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council. For more information, contact Tamara Allen at the Carrabelle History Museum at 850-697-2141 or 


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