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Mission San Luis

2100 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, Florida 32304 USA

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“Florida's Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum”

Time Travel. Escape. Unwind. Avisit to Mission San Luis transports you back to 1703. Your destination is a community where Apalachee Indians and newcomers from Spain lived together. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, smell traditional foods being cooked over an open fire, and walk the plaza where the Apalachees played their traditional ball games. Experience the largest historic-period Indian building found in the Southeast and greet the friar at the church. Learn about a soldier's life at the fort, and explore 300-year-old artifacts excavated onsite. Or just enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with a picnic lunch or nature walk. Come escape to another time, and share the spirit of Mission San Luis with friends and family! What is Mission San Luis? From 1656 to 1704, San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital. Mission San Luis was one of over 100 mission settlements established in Spanish Florida between the 1560s and 1690s. It was home to more than 1,400 residents, including a powerful Apalachee chief and the Spanish deputy governor.  In recognition of its historical significance, San Luis received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Today Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida. As a living history museum it is devoted to sharing the stories of its former Apalachee and Spanish residents. Knowledge of life at San Luis over three centuries ago comes from intensive archaeological and historical research—the site is the most thoroughly investigated mission in the southeastern United States. Join us in exploring native culture and Spanish colonization in a meticulously recreated landscape! Permanent Exhibits Mission San Luis Artifacts and History Visit the exhibit gallery, where the history of this 17th-century western capital of Spanish Florida is interpreted. See replicated archaeological profiles, a three-dimensional topographic site map, and Apalachee and Spanish artifacts discovered at Mission San Luis over decades of archaeology. Spanish Colonial Art and Artifacts from the Calynne and Lou Hill Collection Also on display in the exhibit gallery are period devotional objects in the Roman Catholic tradition, including santos (three-dimensional carved figures) and retablos (two-dimensional flat panels/enclosures on which images of saints were painted). Similar items were probably used in the altarpiece of the 17th-century Mission church. Special Exhibits Images of North Florida by Charles F. Manning In the Mission San Luis Visitor Center are oil landscape paintings by Charles Manning. These paintings reflect the artist's response to the geography, flora, and history of our region. Paintings are available for purchase.

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We brought the kids here for a bit of history and thought we might spend an hour. More than two hours later, our kids were still interested and engaged. There was a lot to see and do and a lot... Read more

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Great learning experience! We came here with a school group and I was impressed that the facility was laid out well and there different parts to learn about the various parts of life at the... Read more

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Very interesting place to visit. Specially for visitors driving through Tallahassee and decide to stop on beautiful Sunday morning and relax learning a part of history of our country. It appears... Read more

Mission San Luis

2100 W Tennessee St
Tallahassee, Florida
32304 USA
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