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The Tallahassee Museum is located on Tallahassee's southwest side of town on the shores of beautiful Lake Bradford. Free parking is available.


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A Family and Friends membership is less than $5 per month for unlimited family fun, and pays for itself in just 2 to 3 visits! The best recreational value in the Big Bend area is the Tallahassee Museum Membership program.

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Museum Leadership

Russell S. Daws, President and Chief Executive Officer, has directed the organization since 1990. His commitments to helping people gain a better understanding about their history and role in nature has been demonstrated through the Museum and far beyond.

Russell Daws serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Florida Association of Museums (Immediate Past President), the Leon County Tourist Development Council (Chairman), Visit Florida’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Committee and the Big Bend Scenic Byway Corridor Management Entity.

Mr. Daws serves as a museum accreditation reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. He has served as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C and as a grant panelist for the State of Florida’s Museum grant programs.

Mr. Daws has provided service to the Florida Association of Museums Foundation and the Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, serving as board chairman for both organizations. He has contributed board and advisory service to a variety of organizations including the Claude Pepper Center/Foundation, FSU Museum Studies Program, 4H, the Girl Scouts, Junior League, and several national museum boards, civic organizations, and publications. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for Antioch College and Temple University, and an instructor for FSU.

Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Mr. Daws served in several leadership positions with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia where he worked for 15 years. Since arriving in Tallahassee with his family, Mr. Daws has guided major expansions to the Tallahassee Museum’s facilities and programs.

Board of Trustees


Malinda Horton, Florida Association of Museums

Vice Chairman:

Charles Redding, Genesis Group


Jeanne Allen, Law, Redd, Crona & Munroe, P.A.


Cherie Hall, Disabilities Rights Florida

Immediate Past Chairman:

Robert C. Downie, II, Department of Management Services

Honorary Board Representative:

Linda Dilworth, KMR Consultant

Members at Large:

Michael Carter, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC
Kent Hutchinson, Community Advocate
Cris Kraft, Kraft Nissan
Scott Maddox, (ex-officio) Tallahassee City Commissioner
Tom McPherson, State Legislature (Ret.)
Mike Rupp, Ragz T-Shirts
Jeffery T. Ryan, All Florida Solutions
Rob Vickers, CDM Smith
Michelle Wilson, Banyan Investment Group
Jane Sauls (ex-officio), Leon County Commission, Dist. 2
Alan Williams (ex-officio), State Representative, Dist. 8