The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center is a museum complex that includes 5 different museums onsite: the Indian Temple Mound Museum, the Fort Walton Temple Mound, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, the Garnier Post Office Museum, and the Civil War Exhibits.
Together, these fascinating museums paint a picture of history and culture in Fort Walton Beach and Northwest Florida dating as far back as 14,000 B.C.E. to the 1950s, giving you and your guests an in depth, interactive education on how Fort Walton Beach came to be as it is today. Read on below for more information on this Florida cultural center!
Dive into Fort Walton Beach’s Local History, Heritage, and Culture
Visiting each one of the 5 museums at this Florida cultural center allows guests to delve into each aspect of Fort Walton Beach’s local and regional history, from its prehistoric time as a Native American migration and village location, to its role in the Civil War, to the beginning of its modern-day tourism and military prowess in the 1940s and 1950s.
For history buffs (or those who are simply curious) who love learning about Native American culture and seeing the artifacts these ancient civilizations left behind, the Fort Walton Temple Mound and the Indian Temple Mound Museum are excellent museums to start your tour at. They are also the museums and exhibits that cover the oldest parts of Fort Walton Beach’s culture and history, if you’re inclined to plan your exhibit path in chronological order.
Visit the Civil War Exhibits to get an idea of how Fort Walton Beach was affected by the Civil War, and visit the Garnier Post Office Museum and the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum for a portrayal and depiction of everyday life in Fort Walton Beach (even before it was named Fort Walton Beach).
The museums are open Monday through Saturday except for major holidays, with hours between 8:00am – 5:00pm.