Is someone in your family fascinated by pirates? Have you ever wondered how people lived thousands of years ago? Do you want to know more about early settlers? Get in out of the sun and take some time travel! Head to the Indian Temple Mound Museum, one of the finest collections of prehistoric artifacts in the Southeast, to answer all of these questions and more.
Where America Began
This museum that opened in 1972 is less than five minutes from your condo at The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach. With over 1,000 artifacts, exhibits in this space show over 12,000 years of Native American history and European exploration, giving details on what Florida looked like thousands of years ago. There are also exhibits about local pirates and early settlers! While you explore the property around the museum you can also see historic buildings like the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, the Garnier Post Office Museum, and multiple Civil War Exhibits.
Putting It All Together
Whether your kids are into social studies and history, or are budding archaeologists, the educational programs at the Indian Temple Mound Museum were built for specific age groups, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Local teachers and professionals contributed the information included in these lesson plans that explore the environment, animal life, and human history of this coastal region.
The Museum also has an extensive research library with over 1400 books and magazines. There are also videos and archives available if you want to dive into research about Native American foods and medicine, anthropology, archaeological sites, Native American culture, and more.
Bring Home a Piece of History
Real history buffs will love the Museum Store, which has museum quality items for purchase. Some of these objects have come all the way from North, South and Central America! Whether you are looking for pottery, shell carvings, jewelry, or fine textiles, this museum store will impress the most particular shopper.
The Indian Temple Mound Museum is handicapped accessible, and open Monday through Friday from 12:00pm – 4:30pm. The museum opens early on Saturdays, 10:00am-4:30pm, and is closed on Sunday. The surrounding historic buildings are open Monday through Saturday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All tours are self-guided, so your family can make it a quick trip, or you can spend as long as you like exploring.