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“Small but very intriguing” 4 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!
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“Small but very intriguing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Went here to get school credit for my son missing school ( never had to do that ridiculous stuff when i was a kid, my parents just said we wouldn't be there and that was that... Pardon me while I vent lol). Anyways the attraction was interesting, initially thought it was a burial mound and found out it was not at all. The cultural center had a lot of displays and information on native American culture and was the best part of it all. You have access to 4 different historical museums including a schoolhouse, civil war museum and post office, all for one price.

Visited September 2013
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hatfield indiana
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“very historical”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Really enjoyed the artifacts and history! a jog into the past of Ft Walton history...really enjoyed!

Visited September 2013
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Memphis to N.O. to Fort Walton
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“Small”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is over the bridge in the old town. It is a nice little something to do (especially with the kids) when you have had enough sun for a few hours.

Visited September 2013
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Gulf Breeze, Florida
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“An Indian Mound right in downtown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Indian Temple Mound Museum in downtown Fort Walton Beach is a small museum in a unique setting. A boardwalk outside the museum allows visitors to climb to the top of the burial mound to view a replica of a ceremonial structure. Inside the museum is an impressive collection of Native American pottery excavated from the Florida coastal area and dating back to before the arrival of Europeans. The displays are interesting, but not flashy, modern or high-tech. The showcases are low enough for children to view the exhibits, and there are several hands-on activities like weaving from palm fronds. There’s a Seminole canoe, arrow heads, and spear tips, but the primary focus seems to be pottery and its importance to the daily life of foraging and hunting Indians. The Indian Temple Mound Museum is part of the Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center which includes three other structures (school house, post office, civil war artifacts) which we didn’t visit. The admission price is modest and we felt we got our money’s worth just visiting the mound museum. There’s also a nice little gift shop with lots of Indian themed items. The museum also has a display featuring Billy Bow Legs, the pirate. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Check the times on the openings; the Temple Indian Mound Museum opened two hours earlier that the others on the day we went.

Visited August 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“very cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

It was interesting seeing all the fragments of pottery in the museum and the incising on them. It is awesome that the mound is preserved to the extent that it is. Helps us remember there is something that has been here since before 1776. Near the Indian Museum and Mound there is also a schoolhouse museum. The guide there was very informative and it was a neat place to visit. There also is a small Civil War exhibit nearby. We were glad to have access to these resources of an educational nature while visiting beaches in the Panhandle.

Visited May 2013
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