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“Very well curated small museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Apalachicola Maritime Museum

Apalachicola Maritime Museum
103 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
850-653-2500
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Miramar Beach, Florida
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Very well curated small museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Loved this little gem. Make sure to take one of their river tours and then meander among the interesting exhibits. Was very impressed with the quality of the museum in this truly fishing/oyster harvesting/shrimping town.

Visited November 2013
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Edina, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Hidden Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The museum displays, in and of themselves, are very interesting, especially the display about the Confederate Navy in the region during the Civil War. However, in addition to static displays, the museum offer so much more:

--The organization offers daily boating excursions and tours, along with an annual multi-week trip. (The tours leave from the docks immediately behind the museum.)

--They also offer boat-building clinics, from week-long sessions, in which you use a sort of kit to make a launch, to six-month programs.

--Additionally, they restore deteriorating old vessels. When I was there, the employees were polishing brass, varnishing wood, and bringing the "glow" and dignity back to a recent acquisition.

Ron--who leads the tours, teaches boat-building classes, and helps organize restorations--has an unparalleled level of expertise and appreciation for "maritime matters." I don't believe the museum could be the treasure that it is without his passion.

If that weren't enough, the museum is in the town of Apalachicola, which is an authentic southern coastal town that has not yet been infiltrated by chain restaurants and billboards. It's absolutely charming.

I feel tempted not to even publish this review, because the museum, town and region are such a hidden treasure, that I almost want to keep them to myself!

Visited October 2013
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Loganville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Some neat stuff/history; really for maritime buffs”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Hubby and I stopped in on a whim one afternoon while looking for things to do. We were greeted right away and then told we needed to give them a $5 donation per person. Ok, we were going to look around the lobby first and decide if we wanted to go in, so please don't rush the ONLY people in the room. We played along and decided to give it a try. We were told the building was behind us and given a menu that would guide us through the museum. Once inside (air conditioned thank God) the displays were pretty neat. I enjoyed the first part of the "tour" with some history of the area. This is not a big place, but there is a lot packed in. Be prepared to do a lot of reading, but it was worth it as there was a lot of interesting information. There is a nice dock that affords some neat views of the working business around and the river. Did not give this more than 3 "stars" because they shut the lights off on us halfway through and when we left, the agent in the lobby was too busy talking on her cell phone about very personal issues to bother with us. It was a shame because we had some questions and I wanted to purchase some of the prints they had. Would recommend this for someone really into boats and maritime activities.

Visited September 2013
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Montara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Museum and Organization”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

One-stop-shop for maritime history on Forgotten Coast. Solid seafarers' library, wooden boatbuilding program, restored Hereshoff ketch and tender, reasonably priced river/estuary/bay/gulf excursions, evening lecture series on local history, low country boils, friendly relaxed people. They just put up the money to buy, restore and preserve the historic landing out on St. George.

Visited September 2013
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Birmingham, Alabama
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“Nice museum about boats.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I liked the boats and the old articles. There could have been some more explaination on the machinery that was there. It is a walk through museum.

Visited September 2013
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