If you haven’t been to the Apalachicola Maritime Museum lately you are in for a pleasant surprise. Over the last few years many enhancements have been made, and the museum now is chock full of the area’s maritime history.
The building houses several restored wooden boats, motors, marine equipment and a pictorial glimpse of days gone by along the river.
The museum was founded to celebrate and preserve the rich maritime history of Apalachicola in a hands-on learning environment with active sailing and adventure programs, boat building and restoration, and educational programs. Educational and recreational boat tours, eco-tours, kayak trips, sunset cruises, sailing programs, and excursions to pristine barrier islands are offered as well.
Their mission is to help broaden knowledge and appreciation of this important, unspoiled resource and encourage stewardship of ecosystems in the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint river basin, and the Apalachicola Bay and Gulf of Mexico coastal regions.
The primary exhibit of the museum came into port in October 2007 with the arrival of the L. Francis Herreshoff-designed 58-foot wooden ketch Quark. The Quark has since been renamed Heritage of Apalachicola to reflect her new mission of education.
The museum boasts an interesting gift shop with local wares and historical literature. According to the website, expansion of the museum and second location on the Chattahoochee River are in the works.
The Apalachicola Maritime Museum is located at 103 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320. Click here for map.
Tel: (850) 653-2500
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, go to: http://www.ammfl.org