Thursday, December 06, 2007

Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez

The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez is opening this weekend. The museum exhibits, store, and offices are located in the historic and renovated Cortez Schoolhouse. The 1890 Burton Store has been moved to a site next to the schoolhouse and renovations are underway for its use as a classroom and research library.

The museum is a joint project between Manatee County, F.I.S.H. (Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage), and the Cortez Village Historical Society. The museum's public grand opening is 9am - 4:30 pm Saturday, December 8.

Also associated with the Museum is a boatworking shop in Cortez, where volunteers restore historic craft and build new ones, including a 20' surf boat for the Jacksonville Volunteer Red Cross Life Saving Corps.


  1. Anonymous8:46 AM

    We visited this wonderful museum on Friday June 19th 2009. It is a growing concern and a great resource of information and talent. There is a good reference library with a complete set of all the volumes of the HAMMS-Plans. Well worth a visit!
    Margret, Joe Branham and Felix Thalhofer

  2. Anonymous1:02 PM

    An Claidheamh Soluis/Gaelic Adventure has been thrilled to spend many happy Florida afternoons
    meeting and dicussing the rich maritime history of Cortez and the environs...We hope to be involved in future volunteer projects and encourage all travellers not to miss this friendly and interesting spot on their journey!
    Thanks for the hospitality Cortez!
    Brian o h-Eachtuigheirn,Director
    Alexis Frees, Secretary
    An Claidheamh Soluis/Gaelic Adventure
    Bravehearted Woman Theatre Company


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