Anna Maria Island Historical Museum gets a Makeover

After closing for the month of September, The Anna Maria Island Historical Museum reopened October 13th. While informative, now find a 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.

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum

Grant money made updates possible along with the hard work of volunteers. Additionally the Anna Maria Island Historical Society board members and preservationist Ashley Burke helped. 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 helped in funding the updates.

The entire museum is new. Additionally, it now has 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. A new maps kiosk has been added showing digital maps and aerial images. A map when the Island was called Palm Key is now on display. Also with information about the original homesteads from the Homestead act of 1862 and the Land Act of 1820.

Front Entrance

The Museums front entrance is updated. This allows entrance through the front door instead of the side door. New flooring went in along with thermal windows to protect the exhibits from sun damage. The historic park also received new improved signage. Additionally, this includes Pine Avenue, the Old City Jail, Belle Haven Cottage and the houses at the of city pier.

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum
A Grand Re-Opening in November.

Updates to the Museum go with the launch of additional features too. Now find a new Historic Anna Maria City Tour Brochure and the Historical Society You Tube page. The City Tour Brochure is a walking tour. Additionally you’ll find out what makes island history 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. Sunday Monday and the month of September the museum closes. Find the Anna Maria Island Historic Society Museum on Facebook. Membership is encouraged, however admission to the museum is always free.

The Historical Society is in Anna Maria City. Click here for more information on our great three cities and also 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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