Step back in time at the Destin History and Fishing Museum

December 5, 2018

Learn about Destin’s East Pass at the museum. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Most anyone who has been here for any length of time knows the best deep sea fishing in the Florida Panhandle is just offshore of Destin. You can learn how Destin got its name as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village as you explore history and more at the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

The museum is chock full of noteworthy artifacts. Historical information dating back to the 1830s, along with environmental educational displays will entertain as well as educate visitors, and are just a few of the many fascinating exhibits. The 5,500 sq. ft. space also contains more than 75 life size mounted fish from the Gulf, and fishing history from as early as the Native Americans to modern times. A large portion of the museum also covers commercial fishing history, and an area dedicated to the annual Fishing Rodeo.

Exhibits in the outdoor Museum Historic Park complex include the historic seine boat ‘Primrose,’ mullet boat ‘Lil Jimmy,’ a seine net reel, and the original Post Office as well as a memorial walkway.

The museum can be enjoyed in a variety of ways including:

  • Youth scavenger hunts and activities
  • Staff and/or volunteer lead personal tour
  • Self-guided tour with MP3 player and headset
  • Or a personalized tour utilizing QR codes downloaded on your phone.
Interactive educational exhibit on Bay ecology from Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

The Destin History and Fishing Museum is located at 108 Stahlman Ave, Destin, FL 32541. Hours are 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.

For more information call 850-837-6611 or go to