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“History Preserved” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Indian Temple Mound and Museum

Indian Temple Mound and Museum
139 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
850-833-9595
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Type: Natural History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
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Owner description: We are an educational and cultural institution of long standing traditions. It is our mission to preserve, interpret and present the prehistory and history of the Fort Walton Beach community and the Northwest Florida area from 14,000 B.C. through the 1950′s. We serve students, citizens and visitors through exhibits, educational programs, publications and special events.The Indian Temple Mound Museum is part of the Heritage Park and Cultural Center which also includes the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit Building. One admission price covers all four museums!
Navarre, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“History Preserved”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The Indian Temple Mound Museum is a peaceful haven in the heart of downtown Fort Walton Beach. While the city is bustling just outside the museum once inside I was transformed to a time long ago when Native Americans lived here. The artifacts tell the story of the mound Indians that lived here. It's fascinating to see the pottery and photos and to read/hear the story of how they built the mound carrying the dirt by hand. Then when you climb the stairs to the mound to begin to understand just how much dirt they carried and how much time it took. On top of the mound you realize how they must have looked out over the bay and surveyed the land around them. The staff at the museum are knowledgeable and more than answered all of my questions. The best part for me was the gift shop! The jewelry is beautiful. Browsing thru the books, little drums, dream catchers, CDs etc. was delightful. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is the best place to visit in Fort Walton Beach.

Visited April 2013
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Kingsland, Georgia
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“nice visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Interesting museum. Fun to walk around and check out. Was within walking distance from where we were staying.

Visited July 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“A Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

As you drive off the Okaloosa Island bridge into Downtown on Hwy.98 it's easy to miss this one-of-a-kind museum. The site is very densely vegetated with tall palm trees, huge old oak trees, whose spreading branches are hung with Spanish Moss, and many other leafy trees. This makes it almost impossible to see the huge, circular Indian Temple Mound, the imposing museum and the three other buildings that comprise this National Historic Landmark.

On our one week holiday to beaches of this area, my wife and I had driven past this location several times without noticing the museum, on our way to shop, eat at a local restaurant or on our way to another attraction. It wasn't until I looked on Tripadvisor for "Things.To Do" that my eye was caught by the favourable reviews. We decided to visit the next day on June 16. We were very glad we did, for this historic complex turned out to be quite interesting, informative and one that stirred the imagination.

Not only did we see an exhibit explaining the history of the very impressive earth mound, built by hand over several thousands of years by native inhabitants, but also depicts 10,000 years of Native American life in this part of Florida. We also toured the fascinating Civil War Exhibit, the 100-year-old Garner Post Office, and the quaint two-room, small wooden Camp Walton Schoolhouse where local kids were taught between 1918 and 1936. In it, we listened closely to the fascinating guide, a retired teacher, who told us all about the school, its long-ago teachers and pupils.

We left with a deeper appreciation of several aspects of local life spanning the millennia in this area. A visit to this amazing museum complex is highly recommended. At about $5 per person this is an attraction not to miss.

Visited June 2013
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Palm Coast, Florida
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Awesome history, great stop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This museum is well curated and is a treasure-trove of information about the civilizations present here before Europeans settled. Very well-researched.

Visited March 2013
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Museum Programm... C, Museum Programming Coordinator at Indian Temple Mound and Museum, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
We're glad you had a good time at our museums! Our museums cover over 12,000 years of history about Native Americans and local history, and our exhibits are constantly evolving. Come visit again and you'll probably see something different!
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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“Great Local History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

First, we checked out the Indian Mound and the replica of the Temple and read about its history. Next, we toured the museum and the related buildings. There were quite a few Native American items exhibited going back 14000 years! The most interesting part was the early 1900's restored schoolhouse with all the furnishings and pictures. Does anyone know what a 'Dun's' cap is? Bruce the tour guide gave us a historical overview of life at that time. The Civil War and Post Office exhibits were also informational. A must for history buffs.

Visited April 2013
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Museum Programm... C, Museum Programming Coordinator at Indian Temple Mound and Museum, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
We are so glad you had a great time at our museums during your recent visit! The Dunce cap was named after John Duns Scotus, who is a well-respector Scottish scholar and theologian born in 1260. One of his more mystical teachings was that wearing a cone shaped hat, similiar to that of a wizard, would funnel knowledge to the wearer and hasten learning. As Humanists gained the upper hand, Scotus' conical hats became a symbol of shame. Scotus was actually beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1993.
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