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Museum Stories

A collection of Memories and Stories of Exploration, Learning and Healing.

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“We had a great time on the ropes course and zip lines. The staff were helpful and friendly. Great family outing.”
~Robyn Lee Chambers Carr
April 1, 2019


“So this brave amazing girl met the height requirements to tree to tree and crushed it! Only 4 yr old out there with a bunch of big kids…flew through it and wanted to go again!”


“We had a great morning running around the Tallahassee Museum. Emerson especially loved all the dinosaurs made from old car parts! Plus all the animals too of course. ”


“Meandered through the wildlife trail and then hit the ropes course. Got above 30 ft a couple times, definitely an exciting activity.”


I can’t pick just one memory. To me it will always be the Tallahassee Junior Museum…I volunteered there as a teenager in the early 1970’s. Helped out everywhere…got to experience everything from the wild animals to the farm animals to Murat house to the caboose and one of my favorites, the General Store! Spent many a happy hour wandering the grounds…helping raise baby animals…helping with many special events. This place was where I grew up and where I came for solitude and peace. It will always be special to me! I even worked the front gate every once in a while..
~Val Olyval


February 22nd, 2014. Our wedding day in the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, every visit reminds us of that day ❤️ and we do visit often!
~Christina Messer


Definitely the best gift we have received for my daughter’s birthday! It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year. We love going almost every weekend to spend time outdoors, see the animals, and play on the playground.

Love last minute day trips and exploring new places! 🚗 We headed to Tallahassee today to spend time with family and went out exploring the @tallahasseemuseum!


“At the Tallahassee Museum, this 19th century farmhouse provides a glimpse into Florida’s past. That’s Bruce, sitting on the porch of the kitchen which is in a separate building from the sleeping and living quarters.”
~Jan Hogle
February 22, 2019


This was our second annual visit to Tallahassee from Arizona and second visit to the Tallahassee Museum to go zip lining. Such great fun for kids and grown ups acting like kids!! Thank you Emily for being so patient and helpful!
~Michelle Fuller


“Just wanted to say, my boyfriend and I are big supporters of you guys. Our first date was at the museum, we never miss a free college day, we just love you guys! Keep up your amazing work!”
~Breanne Ward
February 2017


“As a kid I loved playing all over the caboose and even used it for photo assignments in college. I left Tallahassee and worked in the photo industry in Dallas and NYC for 2 decades after that. I learned to love museums and history, playing and learning at this great museum!”
~Susan Oswalt Holden
July 15, 2015


“I was in the middle of an art teaching internship and was suddenly not well enough to stand in front of a classroom. My adviser suggested I complete my internship through the museum. Jennifer Golden and her team accepted me with open arms and I was able to work independently…and seated. Everyone was incredibly encouraging to me as well as enthusiastic and knowledgeable in their departments. The Tallahassee Museum is one of my favorites, not only because they helped me graduate on time, but more because they acknowledge that the lines between history, sciences, and fine arts are not as hard as they may seem. They celebrate the way these areas work together. Wonderful place, I’m very grateful for my brief time there.”
~ Jeri Glaze
February 24, 2014


“I was born in Tallahassee. I remember bringing a bag of apples to feed the bears! I enjoyed the Museum so much that I was married at the gazebo by the plantation home in 1993. I then brought my kids, nieces, friends to the Museum many times and now bring my granddaughter. It is wonderful to take pictures of the next generations experiencing the same excitement I did.
~ Shannon Klein Piotrowski
November, 6, 2014


“I love the Tallahassee Museum & have been visiting for 55 years. I see something new every time I go! My husband & I enjoyed the Tree to Tree Adventures & loved the Valentines evening event, & now our grandchildren love visiting all the animals & the playground.”
~ Gena Varn
February 24, 2014


“Working at the museum was my first job after college at FSU. I worked on building the bear habitat and bridge, restored the base of the cane press and enjoyed taking care of the animals. Just a handy man but, it was a great job in 1973. Thanks for all that the wonderful memories.”
~ Michael Partin
February 24, 2014


“As a college student, I don’t have the opportunity to get out much. I Love the outdoors. Coming to the Museum gives me the setting to really enjoy the task at hand. Halloween Howl taught me to always put passion in every activity I’m delegated to do. There were so many toddlers asking me questions about the lights and decorations, and it brought so much wonderment to their eyes. The helpful staff radiates with positivity and over express their appreciation for my lending hand. I feel a sense of family here and I would love to continue the partnership. There’s no better place to volunteer than at the Tallahassee Museum.”

~ Gerlisia Hawks Still
March 6, 2015


There is so much to love about the Tallahassee Museum. The Jazz and Blues Festival, native Florida animals in a natural setting, a working 1880s farm, the amazing preschool and summer camp programs, the historic buildings, and so much more. We believe it’s a touchstone for our community, a place where we can go to reaffirm our “sense of place” in the world. It’s essential to support this museum. it is a priceless regional treasure.
~ Dell and Denise Suggs


I gladly support the Tallahassee Museum because it is my favorite place for quality family time. Some of my fondest memories include the mornings and afternoons I have spent exploring the animal habitats and historic buildings with my husband and son.  I know my annual contribution goes toward making similar memories for other families.
~ Susan Baldino


“I have countless memories of field trips to the Museum. Learning not just about all the animals I saw while I was there, but also about some of the history behind my hometown. It changed my appreciation for Tallahassee. You guys are doing a great job out there.”
~ Landon O’Connell
February 24, 2014


“We have been members for over 30 years. My children loved the Tallahassee Museum and now my grandkids do too.”
~ Kimberly Smith Watford
February 7, 2015


“I remember doing the square dance in 5th grade. I also remember riding the horse around the ring that grinded sugar cane.”
~ Mark Hargrove
February 7, 2015


“The director, Mrs. Grissett, from years ago is a special family friend. She always showed me things around the Museum that no one else saw.”
~ Mary Harrell Carr
February 16, 2015


My early memories of the museum include sitting on the cypress stump and eating Atomic Fireballs from the commissary back in 1970, when I visited the museum for the first time on a 4th grade field trip. After I graduated from college, I brought my own son to the dinosaur exhibit, and waited in line as I joined the whole community at one of the most popular museum shows to ever visit Tallahassee.  Because of these early memories, my son now brings his own wife and daughter to the museum whenever they visit Tallahassee.

Later, I brought my young daughter to Pioneer Days and she helped the board of trustees and I cook pancakes, eggs, and grits early in the morning for hundreds of museum visitors.  She now carries these memories with her to college and looks forward to coming back with her own family in the future.

My wife and I have supported the museum through a Habitat Club membership and unrestricted giving. We consider the museum to be part of the bedrock of our community and will continue to do our part to assure that others have the opportunity to create the kinds of memories that our family cherishes.   We look forward to many future opportunities to support the museum and encourage others to do the same.
~ Allan Franklin, Jr.


“Still the highlight of my visit to Tally. Make it a point to go down memory lane.”
~ Paulette Mosley Colson
February 18, 2015


“My first trips to the Tallahassee Museum were downtown. I watched the new one grow. I remember doing bird watching in the mid 60’s at the new Museum. Once when my kids were young, we went to pioneer days and the tom turkey followed my son everywhere he went for about 20 minutes! The turkey was eyeball to eyeball with him, but never pecked at him! I was surprised he wasn’t aggressive at all, it was cute.”
~ Shirley Harding
February 6, 2015


“In 1967, the 5th grade class of Kate Sullivan demonstrated the Square Dance upon a platform erected before the farmhouse. We had free rein on the red caboose, which we treated like a Jungle-Jim. Pickles from the barrel were two-for-a-quarter and, when we got back, Coach Searcy made anyone who ate more than two run the rim of Cobb Bowl. I think Mary Margaret Spitz was my dance partner. Maybe it was Pam Stewart.”
~ Jeff DeVore
February 6 , 2015


“I was there for girl scouts one summer. Awesome place. My dad had a membership and we went almost every weekend.”
~ Julia Wilson
February 15, 2015


“The Museum always put me in a happy state of mind. Nature, Animals and a caboose.”
~ William Bevis
February 15, 2015


“We visited today. It was a wonderful day and the Museum has been making improvements. We love all the Jim Gary dinosaurs.”
~ Kimberly Smith Watford
February 15, 2015


“When I was a little kid (let’s not discuss how long ago), my parents say I would beg them to go to the Museum to see the duck with the bonnet. It’s said that I was content to at least look through the fence when the Museum was closed. I have that and many other fond memories over the years.”
~ Laurie Copps
February 25, 2015


“I have been going here my whole life. Being homeschooled, the Museum was a huge part of our curriculum. We participated in several programs and were part of a play called “The Ecoshow.” Now I am grown up and bring my daughter here. Thank you guys for always being so awesome!”
~ Lindley Evelo Fredrickson
August 6, 2014


“My favorite memory is watching my fearless daughter trying out the zip line course without even thinking about it.  She’s awesome!”
~ Cindy Cross
March 4, 2015


“This gift was made as a small payback for the environmental and historical educational opportunities that our family has experienced over the years.  The Museum is a major part of the fiber that binds the Tallahassee community and contributes to the uniqueness of our area.  We want the Museum to continue to thrive for future generations.”
~ George and Joel Dawson
December 16, 2015

There have been many great memories. My daughter had her 3rd birthday party there and has attended many camps and made friends along the way. We are so thankful to have such a great place to take our children.
~ Jessica Kruger
March 3, 2017

Our first Haloween Howl when our daughters were younger. So much fun and so many memories!
~ Nina Umar
March 3, 2017

My husband’s grandfather that passed away a few years ago, Archie Taylor, is one of the voices on the train at the museum. That is our favorite exhibit! Ben Taylor
~ Kim Cook Taylor
March 3, 2017

I had my 5th birthday at the Jr. museum! It was reptile themed.
~ Kelley Cox Garner
March 3, 2017

I remember when the museum was in a former home across from the Bloxham Building (Caroline Brevard Elementary School at the time). Many changes and lots of growth for this wonderful place to learn and explore.
~ Elizabeth M. Wharton

My boys practically live there! They especially enjoy getting the does to bleet and the turkeys to gobble!
~ Sarah Riddle-Skelton
March 4, 2017

One of my favorite things over 30 years ago was going to the country store and picking out a candy cane after walking the trails. I still enjoy the tradition with my kids! Also, the otters kiss this past Valentines was pretty special.
~ Sarah Cable Burns
March 3, 2017

Our daughters and us enjoyed many wonderful trips to the ‘Junior Museum’ we still enjoy the museum very much now that we visit it with our grandchildren.
~ Adela Camps Mitchell
March 3, 2017

I grew up going to the junior museum with my mom, dad and sister. Some of my best family memories were at the museum. Now I’m creating a lifetime of memories with my boys there. I love being a member and being able to bring my boys all the time.
~ Marci King Tatum
March 4, 2017

Our coolest encounter with any animal was there watching the panther. A photographer was behind a fence in the enclosure taking pictures of the panther and it was stalking her. He would back off and hide behind objects and slink closer and closer and…See More
~ Thomas Elizabeth Van Dyke
March 4, 2017

There is not one memory at the Museum there are many for me its the Very first Museum I visited when I first moved down to Tallahassee. Its Where my fiance Proposed to me. Its where we would take our son as an infant constantly during the week and week…See More
~ Danielle Ireland
March 4, 2017

I love to bring our foster babies there.
~ Barbara Denis
March 4, 2017

I always loved to go to the Native American events at the ” stump”. I always loved going to the General store to get my favorite candy canes. It was so cool that the store was open and had so many items to choose from. I miss buying items at the store.
~ Melissa Campos
March 4, 2017

Being a Tallahassee native, I grew up at the museum. From summer camps to broken bones and everything in between, my family was able to make so many wonderful memories. Still to this day I’ve been able to go back and make new memories that include tak…See More
~ Leila Phillips DeVoe
March 4, 2017

First time I went to the museum was during Haloscream back in 2008. A couple friends and I dressed as zombies to rove around the maze ya’ll had set up. Well, we got there late, but we’re told we could monitor the bounce house. So there my friends and I were…dressed as bloody zombies, monitoring kids as they frolicked around and jumped in and out of the bounce house. It was quite the surreal experience
~ Zack Latham
March 4, 2017

My friends and I went to zip lining together for the first time about seven months ago. I didn’t know what to expect, but it was one of the most exhilarating things I had ever done. It’s still to this day the best double date I’ve ever been on.
~ Jorrdan Gween Barroso
March 4, 2017

When my kids were toddlers we frequented the museum often. My son had a fascination with the old black stoves in the schoolhouse and church. It was always our first stop. We also enjoyed pretending to put on a church service. We always had to run past the alligator because he was scary. Good memories.
~ Angie Irby Waller
March 4, 2017

I have been coming to the Junior Museum since I was a small child.
My grandfather used to take me. I’d play in the train for hours. I also went to school there. I am 54, living in Monticello. Don’t get to go much Anymore. Great memories.
~ Geannie Davis
March 4, 2017

My children spent many a visit here. They loved the animals. This was the first place my son said his first word…cow, then tried to moo. I have so many wonderful memories it’s hard to pick just one. one of our favorite visits was to Halloween Howl.
~ Debra Barden
March 4, 2017

When I was younger I went camping at the Jr. Museum and now I am able to take my daughter to enjoy the museum.
~ Sally Nobles Cutchins
March 4, 2017

This place is awesome !!!
~ Barbara Taylor
March 4, 2017

It will always be the Junior Museum to me. It was the school field trip that I looked forward to the most in school. I have since gone on field trips with my children. My parents would take us on the weekends, they then took my children and now I am enjoying taking our grandson!
~ Cathy Whitehead Hourigan
March 4, 2017

We took a group of friends out to celebrate Rob’s 45th birthday a few weeks ago. Snapped this one shot of many of my 9yr old conquering his fear of heights doing the Canopy Crossing. His first zip line he did great but was in tears on the platform. When I asked if he wanted to come down he said mom it was scary, wiped his tears and continued on! Such a proud moment!
~ Marlaina Chachin
March 5, 2017

My husband introduced me to the museum a few years ago since I’m from out of state. He’s been coming since he was a small boy. We love the museum so much because it is where we had our engagement photos done and where we bring our 3 children on a regular basis. It’s a beautiful place for our family to learn and build traditions hopefully to last a lifetime.
~ Regina Ladd Hutsell
March 5, 2017

I’m a born & raised “Tallahassee Lassie” and have been walking the Museum trails my entire life. Great memories of Swamp Stomps and Market Days past! I have a vivid memory of a Native American pow-wow type of event where a guy was wrangling an alligator. Also, I remember when the HUGE owl used to sit atop the “ceiling” of the bird walk and check out the passers-by… and then the little pond (just after where the screech owl habitat is now) to the right used to be filled with water and beautiful ducks/birds. SO MANY MEMORIES!!!
~ Jessica Kurzweg Morrison
March 5, 2017

As upper-level elementary school students, we were given the task of fundraising for the Tallahassee Junior Museum. Unlike today’s students, we weren’t given a catalog of gifts or wrapping paper to sell so with a cleaned out glass jar I went door to door throughout our neighborhood collecting change. The largest donation came from my friend’s father… 50¢–two quarters! I was beyond thrilled! I proudly turned in my jar of change to my teacher and with that the museum became a part of me and me, an eager, excited part of it. The years since 1980-81 have not diminished my feelings… The museum is a cherished part of my childhood and now my daughter’s childhood! It’s a favorite destination I love to share and am just so blessed to call it a part of my home…
~ Hillary Eason
March 8, 2017

I remember telling my hubby I was pregnant while sitting on a bench on the backside of the boardwalk. We took pics and had an exciting & emotional day. Since then we have walked the zoo & visited most of the exciting events. While I was pregnant, we danced our hearts out at the Jazz & Blues Fest & The Swamp Stomp. This year, (just a few weeks ago) we brought our daughter there for Valentine’s day. It was a gorgeous fun-filled day. The music & the cupcakes were her favorite. So, overall when I think about The Jr Museum, I think of family, fun & most of LOVE! Love for the animals, each other and the beautiful scenery.
~ Dawn Gotwalt
March 6, 2017

My three-year-old did the ropes course for the first time on Friday. She would love to go again!
~ Renee Byrd


Photo Credits: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory Project

Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum 3945 Museum Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 575-8684 Info line: (850) 576-1636


9 am – 5 pm: Monday-Saturday
11 am – 5 pm: Sunday

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day and New Year’s Day