The first "March of Museums" in the state's capital city region highlights Tallahassee museums that commemorate and bring to life state history, regional history, arts and culture, natural history, Spanish and Apalachee history, African American history and other important and fascinating components of Florida's past and present.
"March of Museums" commemorates Florida Heritage Month, March 15-April 15.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said, "As Florida’s Chief Cultural Officer, I am excited to announce the launch of the first ever ‘March of Museums’ here in our state’s capital city. March of Museums is an event to celebrate the important services museums provide to our communities. ... Exciting events will be hosted by the Department of State’s Museum of Florida History, the Knott House Museum, and Mission San Luis, in addition to events being held throughout the month of March by our partners in Tallahassee.”
Additional partners include Tallahassee Museum, Goodwood Museum & Gardens, Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Research Center, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, and Tallahassee Automobile Museum.
Saturday, March 4
March of Museums Kickoff Event at Florida Historic Capitol
(11:00 – 11:30 AM)
Tallahassee Museum: World Wildlife Day Celebration
(10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
The Tallahassee Museum will celebrate World Wildlife Day with a museum-wide event. The theme is ‘Listen to the Young Voices,’ with a focus on connecting young people around the world to explore wildlife conservation. To find out more go to www.TallahasseeMuseum.org.
Saturday, March 11
The Grove Museum: Grand Opening
(10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Join the Florida Department of State for the grand opening event of The Grove Museum, the former residence of Governor LeRoy Collins and Mrs. Mary Call Collins. The event is free and will include tours of the museum and the grounds, activities for children and live performances. Visit TheGroveMuseum.com/Opening for more information.
Museum of Florida History: Saturday Family Program
(11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)
The Second Saturday Program at the Museum of Florida History corresponds with Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs and focuses on photography. Family Programs offer hands-on history for family members.. The program, admission, and parking are free. Visit www.MuseumofFloridaHistory.com for more information.
The Knott House Museum: Screening of “Modern Times”
(6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
The Knott House Museum presents an outdoor screening of Charlie Chaplin's comedic masterpiece “Modern Times” accompanied by a discussion of the film's significance. The $5 admission fee includes popcorn. Sodas and pizza will be available for sale. Visit www.MuseumofFloridaHistory.com for more information.
Sunday, March 12
Mission San Luis: Military Muster
(10:00 AM- 4:00 PM)
Experience the colorful pageantry and black powder musket and cannon fire at the Mission San Luis' fort, Castillo de San Luis. Learn about the world of Spanish soldiers and Apalachees at Spanish Florida's western capital. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $2 for ages 6-17, and free for members, children under 6, and active duty military. Visit www.MissionSanLuis.org for more information.
Tuesday, March 21
Historic Capitol Museum at Tallahassee Community College: The Way We Worked: Labor and Florida History by Steve Noll
(5:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Dr. Steve Noll examines Florida’s work history in an enlightening presentation that provides insights and perspective on today’s situation. Join the conversation about ways to improve Florida’s job market and prepare workers for jobs of the future. Please RSVP at https://fhcmmarch21.eventbrite.com. Free parking and admission on TCC Campus. Visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov for more information.
Thursday, March 23
Goodwood Museum & Gardens: Clementine Hunter’s World & “Fine Art, Folk Art” Exhibit
(5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)
Self-taught African-American artist Clementine Hunter painted a visual diary of plantation life in Melrose, LA – unaware her painted images would later show the two sides of the 20th century plantation fence. Goodwood will host Clementine Hunter’s World, a reception and/or exhibit tour at 5 PM, and documentary viewing (35 minutes, NR) at 6 PM, in the Carriage House. Event offers free parking and admission is $10. Visit www.GoodwoodMuseum.org for more information.
Thursday, March 30
Historic Capitol Museum: Trivia Night – World War I Theme
(7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Test your knowledge of Florida’s role in The Great War with an evening of WWI themed trivia. Guests will enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and prizes will be awarded. Register your team by calling (850) 487-1902. Registration fee is $20 per team, maximum members per team is 4. Advance registration is required. Don’t have a team or just want to watch the action? Individual entry is $5. Visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov for more information.
Exhibits at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts:
Cinema Judaica: The War Years (Exhibit on display February 17 – March 26) Exhibition by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum—a companion exhibition of movie posters to the film series: ‘I Saw it in the Movies.’ Working with Cinema Judaica for the loan of their WWII poster collection as the companion to a film series sponsored by Holocaust Education Resource Council. For more details visit mofa.fsu.edu
Broken Ground: New Directions in Land Art (Exhibit on display through March 26) Curator Jeff Beekman states that Land Art, one of the seminal movements beginning in the late-1960s, was largely born out of a frustration with the growing commercialization of the art world and the limitations of the traditional “white cube” gallery. This movement has grown to encompass issues of ecology and sustainability. For more details visit mofa.fsu.edu
Honest Visions: Artists and Autism (Exhibit on display February 17– March 26) This exhibit features exceptional two and three-dimensional works by artists with autism. Each artist encounters his or her neurological differences with uniquely fascinating expressions, yet a common thread of authenticity ties the artistic manifestations together. For more details visit mofa.fsu.edu
Goodwood Museum & Gardens: Fine Art, Folk Art
(Exhibit on display February 24 – July 31)
From grand boulevards to solitary back roads, "Fine Art, Folk Art" is an exhibit highlighting Goodwood’s collection of European and American art and the work of Louisiana's famed self-taught artist Clementine Hunter, a plantation worker. Visit www.GoodwoodMuseum.org for tour times/prices and more information.
Exhibits at the Meek-Eaton Southeastern Regional Black Archives and Museum:
The Lincoln Motion Picture Company: A Tribute to Excellence in Race Cinema (Exhibit on display through March 13) This exhibitcelebrates the ingenuity of African-Americans and their indelible footprint in early 20th century filmmaking. The Lincoln Motion Picture Company was formed on May 24, 1916 (Omaha, NE) and later incorporated in January of 1917 (Los Angeles, CA).This featured exhibition is a series of the Montague Collection, privately-owned by Clinton Byrd, a Florida A&M University alumnus and locally-borne businessman. For more information contact the Black Archives at 850.599.3020. For a full listing of upcoming events please use the following link: www.famu.edu/BlackArchives
Sister Gertrude Morgan (Exhibit on display beginning March 14) Sister Morgan (1900-1980), was a self-taught artist whose life and culture combine the African-American tradition of independent demonstration with an extraordinary, fundamental, creative feeling. This featured exhibition is a series of the Montague Collection, privately owned by Clinton Byrd, a Florida A&M University alumnus and local-born businessman. For more information please contact the Black Archives at 850.599.3020. For a full listing of upcoming events please use the following link: www.famu.edu/BlackArchives
Museum of Florida History: Preserving Eden: Clyde Butcher’s Florida Photographs
(Exhibit on display through May 1)
Clyde Butcher is an internationally renowned landscape photographer, who has used his art to record majestic beauty of Florida’s natural environment for more than 50 years. His images remind us of the importance of protecting and preserving Florida’s treasures. Free admission and parking. Mr. Butcher will visit this is exhibition and sign books on April 6. Visit www.MuseumofFloridaHistory.com for more information.
Tallahassee Automobile Museum:
The Tallahassee Automobile Museum is a community treasure that offers history and engaging experiences. The museum is packed with more than 150 exceptional automobiles dating from 1894 - 2010 and collections that include motorcycles, Batmobiles, Steinway pianos, Case knives, brass cash registers, sports memorabilia, pedal cars, antique boats and vintage motors. Visit www.tacm.com for more information.
About The Grove Museum
The Grove Museum features the circa 1840 Call-Collins House on 10 wooded acres in the heart of Tallahassee. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Grove is one of the few historic sites of its kind to earn LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. From slavery to civil rights, and from private home to public museum, the story told at The Grove. Visit TheGroveMuseum.com for information on tour times and special events.
About the Knott House Museum
The Knott House Museum is a historic home built in 1843 restored to its 1930s appearance and is located at 301 East Park Avenue, at the corner of Park Avenue and Calhoun Street. The historic house is open for tours Wednesday through Friday 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. and Saturday: 10:00, 11:00 a.m., Noon, 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. Please call 850.922.2459 for more information.
About Mission San Luis
Mission San Luis, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum, was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656-1704. The Mission, now a national historic landmark, brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 850.245.6406 or visit missionsanluis.org.
About the Museum of Florida History
The Museum of Florida History is the state’s history museum that collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets evidence of past and present cultures in Florida with exhibits and programs for all ages. It is located in the R. A. Gray Building at 500 South Bronough Street. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday and holidays, noon to 4:30 p.m. Parking and admission is free. For more information, visit museumoffloridahistory.com.
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