Anna Maria Island Historical Museum gets a Makeover

Anna Maria – After closing for the month of September, The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum reopened October 13th with an entire new look, new resources, and more island history.

Anna Maria Island Historic Park
Vintage photo of the Anna Maria Island Historic Park, the site of a picnic area with a fresh water well.

The updates to the Museum were made possible by grant money, and the hard work of volunteers, the Anna Maria Island Historical Society board members and preservationist Ashley Burke. The Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Manatee County Tourist Development Council, Lizzie Vann, The Bishop Foundation, The AMI Chamber of Commerce Save the Trolley Fund and the Mary E. Parker Foundation all played a part in funding the updates to the Museum.

Everything about the museum has been revamped with information presented in chronological order. There is a new color coded timeline showing the history of the three cities of the island with national events included. A new maps kiosk has been added showing digital maps and aerial images. A map from when the Island was called Palm Key is now on display along with information about the original homesteads from the Homestead act of 1862 and the Land Act of 1820.

The Museums front entrance has been updated to allow entrance through the front door instead of the side door. New flooring has been added along with thermal windows to protect the exhibits from sun damage. The historic park also received new improved signage for the Pine Avenue, the Old City Jail, the beach, Belle Haven Cottage and the houses at the end of the city pier.

Anna Maria Island Historic Society Museum
A Grand Re-Opening will be scheduled for November.

Updates to the Museum coincide with the launch of the new Historic Anna Maria City Tour Brochure and the Historical Society You Tube page. The City Tour Brochure is a walking tour telling the story of different places, when they were built and what makes those places special. On the new You Tube page find oral stories and videos from local residents.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum is located at 402 Pine Avenue open 10am-4pm from January-April and 10am-1pm May-December. The Museum is closed Sunday and Monday and the month of September. Find the Anna Maria Island Historic Society Museum on Facebook. Admission to the museum is always free, but membership is encouraged.

The Historical Society is located in Anna Maria City which is just one of the three cities found on Anna Maria Island.  We have some great information on the other two cities as well as Anna Maria on our local scene of the website. Click here for more information on our great three cities and some general information of Anna Maria Island.

Mailing Address:
Anna Maria Historical Society
P.O. Box 4315
Anna Maria, Florida 34216

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