“First municipally owned and operated museum in the State of Florida”
In 1962 the Indian Temple Mound Museum opened as the first municipally owned and operated museum in the State of Florida. The current museum building opened to the public in 1972 and is located on Highway 98 in the heart of historic downtown Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The museum houses interpretative exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Over 1,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell are here, as well as one of the finest collections of prehistoric ceramics in the Southeastern United States. Exhibits also include artifacts from the European Explorers, local pirates, and early settlers. Admission for all museums in the complex will be taken at the Indian Temple Mound Museum building. This museum is handicapped accessible. All other museums are located within a one minute walk around the base of the mound.
For over 12,000 years, Native American Indians resided on the lands of what became Fort Walton Beach. Their story comes to life at the Indian Temple Mound Museum. The museum first opened in 1962, and continues to pursue its mission of educating the community about its indigenous predecessors.
You can explore over 1,000 artifacts from across Fort Walton Beach’s native history at the museum. Relics of stone, bone, and shell paint the story of the people who lived on the beaches here before Europeans came. You’ll also find artifacts from European settlers and the early pirates who flocked to the sandy beaches of Fort Walton to engage and trade with the native peoples.
We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Fort Walton Beach!
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Indian Temple Mound Museum
- Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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