Maybe you consider yourself a history buff. Perhaps you’d like to find an indoor attraction to cool off from the heat. Regardless of your reasons for visiting, you won’t regret checking out some of the most interesting Amelia Island museums while you’re in town! When the local history includes fascinating tales of pirates, international politics, and a thriving Victoria era, you know that these museums will be a blast!
Read on to prepare yourself for visiting the island’s local museums. Then, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide to get the best local suggestions for things to do.
5 Fascinating Amelia Island Museums You Have to Visit
1. Amelia Island Museum of History
2021 Editor’s Note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovations! Be sure to check in on their website for updates.
The Amelia Island Museum of History resides inside the former Nassau County Jail and is Florida’s first spoken history museum. As many locals know, Amelia Island has some of the most exciting tales of piracy, con artists, and more.
2. The Maritime Museum of Amelia Island
Shipwrecks, treasures, and sword-fighting. Oh, my! Head to the Maritime Museum of Amelia Island to engage with Amelia Island’s piracy past. Peruse exhibits featuring everything from Spanish and French treasure to weapons from multiple time periods.
3. American Beach Museum
The American Beach Museum highlights the history and origins of American Beach from 1935 to the present. It all started when A. L. Lewis wanted to create a beach resort where African Americans could enjoy “recreation and relaxation without humiliation” during the Jim Crow era. The museum details the history of the beach and its founder.
4. Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum
Come and kick-it old-school-style at the Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum! The museum has an impressive collection of pinball machines on which you can pay to play. Some noteworthy machine themes include:
- City Slicker
- Starship Troopers
- Twilight Zone
- & more!
5. Shrimping Museum
Dive into the shrimping industry’s history at the Shrimping Museum! Learn about net making, shipbuilding, and local traditions. Additionally, you’ll learn more about the families who brought the shrimping industry to Amelia Island and maintained its significant role in the island’s economy.
More Historic Attractions on Amelia Island
- Downtown Fernandina Beach
- Fort Clinch State Park
- Florida’s Oldest Existing Lighthouse
- Florida’s Oldest Operating Drinking Establishment
- & so much more!
Step Back in Time at The Historic Fairbanks House
History buffs love staying with us at The Fairbanks House! After a busy day perusing exhibits at fascinating Amelia Island museums, return to charming accommodations at our historic bed and breakfast! Each of the rooms, suites, and cottages have their own stories to tell. Just ask the innkeepers, and they’ll be happy to share a tale or two. Our 1885 Italianate villa might be old, but you can still enjoy all the modern amenities you would expect from a high-end stay!
Start planning your Amelia Island getaway today!