Garnier Post Office Museum

Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, Florida

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Jul 18 ~ Jul 24
The Garnier Post Office Museum was once the area’s only means of sending and receiving mail, but is now a historic museum that presents artifacts from the early postal era in Northwest Florida. Discover the role the Garnier Post Office had in the area from 1918 until 1956, and feel as if you’ve been transported back in time at this marvelous museum in downtown Fort Walton Beach!

Garnier Post Office Museum Visitors Guide

The Garnier Post Office Museum is a historic building located in downtown Fort Walton Beach, and is a part of the Heritage Park & Cultural Center. Built in 1918, the Garnier Post Office has quite the story to tell, with artifacts and exhibits covering the local history from 1918, until 1956 when the post office closed. At this time, the mail came by boat from Pensacola, and the postmaster would deliver mail day or night; whenever it was necessary to do so.

A trip to the Garnier Post Office Museum truly takes visitors back in time, and allows guests to see Fort Walton Beach from a whole new perspective. Artifacts you may encounter include brown paper packages tied together with string, vintage stamps on display, mail slots with age-old letters still in place, and more! The Garnier Post Office Museum is a perfectly-preserved time capsule with historic treasures inside, and is a must-visit when exploring downtown Fort Walton Beach.

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Things to do Near Garnier Post Office Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is there to do nearby?

The Garnier Post Office Museum is located within the Heritage Park & Cultural Center in the heart of downtown Fort Walton Beach, which means there are tons of terrific things to do nearby! Strolling through the downtown area yields a plethora of boutique shopping, dining, and entertainment for the whole family. From adrenaline pumping activities like axe throwing at The Ratchet Hatchet, to enjoying ear-pleasing live music from the top local talents, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in downtown Fort Walton Beach!

This area of Fort Walton Beach is just a couple of miles away from the breathtakingly beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast! That means you’re just minutes away from sparkling, crystal-clear waters, rolling white sand dunes, and scenic views as far as the eye can see. Crab Island pontoon rentals, fishing, and parasailing are just a few of the wonderful watersports that can be enjoyed just minutes away from the Garnier Post Office Museum.

2. How long does it take to explore the whole museum?

While there is so much history to soak up at the Garnier Post Office Museum, most visitors will typically spend about an hour or so there. However, tickets to the Garnier Post Office Museum do grant access to the rest of the museums and exhibits at the Heritage Park & Cultural Center. The other attractions include the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mount, and the Civil War Exhibit Building.

For those who decide to explore all of the history and culture this area has to offer, expect to spend anywhere from a half of a day to a full day there. It’s location in downtown Fort Walton Beach makes for a great way to spend the day, as the neighboring shops, restaurants, and other attractions provide a practically endless amount of entertainment for the whole family!

3. Is this a fun activity for children?

Absolutely, the Garnier Post Office museum combines learning and fun, making it an exciting and educational experience for all ages. Little ones will especially enjoy learning about the mail boats that made mail correspondence possible, checking out their vintage stamp collection, as well as other awesome artifacts from the past!

4. Are there any restaurants nearby?

Yes, downtown Fort Walton Beach is home to tons of delicious dining options, from savory snacks, to mouth-watering burgers, and everything else in between! Most restaurants in downtown Fort Walton Beach are locally-owned, as well, which means this is a great way to discover the local flavor, and charm. Some of the top restaurants to appease your appetite in this area include Burrito Del Sol, K.C.’s Sandbar & Grill, Taste Tapas & Wine Bar, and The Boardroom Pub and Grub!

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