Destin History and Fishing Museum

Destin, Florida

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Feb 20 ~ Feb 26
The Destin History and Fishing Museum is a local landmark and staple, and a time capsule that preserves Destin’s past. This family-friendly attraction showcases the history of this once tiny fishing village through stories, artifacts, photographs, and more, dating back over 175 years! View over 75 mounts of locally-caught fish, walk through the outdoor Museum Historic Park Complex, enjoy interactive exhibits, take a guided or self-guided tour, and dive into Destin’s history and culture at the Destin History and Fishing Museum!

Destin History and Fishing Museum Visitors Guide

Destin is known far and wide as, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” but have you ever stopped to wonder how this once tiny fishing village ended up touting such an impressive title? Luckily, Destin’s history, which dates back nearly 200 years, has been preserved in a 5,500-square-foot time capsule known as the Destin History and Fishing Museum! The museum itself is set up like a timeline, and takes visitors through the area's fishing history and development.

This museum is so much more than a history lesson, however, as the displays are both intriguing and awe-inspiring. They are known for showcasing antique fishing gear, including a reel once used and owned by Ernest Hemingway, over 75 locally-caught fish mounts, the oldest seine fishing boat in the world, The Primrose, which was built in 1925, the original Destin Post Office building, vintage photos, artifacts, and so much more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there restaurants and lodging near the Destin History and Fishing Museum?

The Destin History and Fishing Museum is located in the heart of Destin, which means it’s close to tons of great lodging and dining options. The Emerald Grande is one of the most popular places to stay when in Destin, as its location at HarborWalk Village is ideal for travelers looking to experience it all in one place! Village Inn of Destin and Inn on Destin Harbor are two additional nearby popular hotels, offering options for groups of varying sizes, budgets, and interests.

You definitely won’t go hungry here! The Destin History and Fishing Museum is also nearby tons of tasty restaurants, showcasing the best of Destin seafood, drinks, and more. Some of the top restaurants include Dewey Destin’s Seafood, McGuire’s Irish Pub of Destin, Harbor Docks, and Boshamps, just to name a few! For more information about the best places to eat in Destin, check out this recent TripShock blog: https://www.tripshock.com/blog/5-destin-restaurants-to-feed-your-beach-vacation/.

2. Do we need to book tickets in advance?

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and visitors are more than welcome to simply show up, purchase a ticket, and see the sights! Self-guided and guided tours are available, but if you would like a guided tour, or have a large group, it is recommended to purchase your tickets in advance.

3. Is this museum enjoyable for children?

The Destin History and Fishing Museum is perfect for children and adults, alike. Combining both education and fun, this is the perfect way to introduce the little ones to Destin, and learn about fishing and the local history in a fun and unique way. Kids will especially love the giant, locally-caught fish mounts, interactive displays, and the massive replica of a Megalodon Shark jaw!

4. How long does it take to make it through the entire museum?

This will simply depend on the person! With thousands of historic photographs, artifacts, and information to sort through, it could definitely take the thorough traveler a few hours to see it all. Generally, I would set aside at least an hour or two to get the most from your experience.

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