The Destin History & Fishing Museum Preserves and Honors Our History

The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World

The Destin History & Fishing Museum is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit run by a Board of Directors opening to the public October 1, 2005. The museum is a tourist destination and key historical repository for the Destin area. The exhibits present the history of Destin and journey from a small fishing village to a major tourist attraction.

Here is what you will find when you explore this museum:

5,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the main building covering early Indians through development and growth of the village.

Exhibits in the outdoor Museum Historic Park Complex including the historic seine boat “Primrose”, mullet boat “Lil Jimmy”, seine net reel, and the original Old Post Office as well as the “Footprints in the Sand” memorial walkway.

Over 75 mounts of locally caught fish.

Historic photographs, artifacts, fishing equipment and documents of early Destin and the Fishing industry.
Mike Long Memorial Fish Wall featuring many fish mounts on a mural showcasing the science why the local fishing is so good.

The science of “Why Destin Sand is White”.

Historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those that shaped the growth of early Destin.

Destin Fishing Rodeo Gallery featuring “all things” Rodeo in videos, photos, and artifacts.

Ways You Can Experience the Museum:

Scavenger Hunts for the “young” and “young at heart”.
Self-guided on your own.
Staff and/or volunteer lead a personal tour.
Self-guided tour with MP3 Player and headset.
Personalized tour utilizing QR codes downloaded on your phone.

Group Tours Available:
Student tours available with a focus on specific objectives.
Group tours with an overview in the Rodeo Gallery, door prizes, and guided tour throughout the museum.

Hours and Admission:
Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission Costs: Adult $5; Seniors & Military $4; Children/Students (Age 7 Through College) $3; Children under 6 & Members are Free.

Come experience the sights and sounds of the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, where the city of Destin started. Known as a premier family destination, voted Best Beaches in the South 14 straight years, made the Top 10 “Most Popular Beaches in the United States and also boasts amazing fishing opportunities in what’s called the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Come explore and you’ll find everything you need here for the ultimate Destin vacation or getaway. Experience the Destin Harbor ‘s infinite opportunities and events and make your time here an unforgettable one!

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