History Museums in St. Augustine

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History Museums in St. Augustine

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  • Stellan D
    Bromma, Sweden570 contributions
    This nice old lighthouse has 165 steps to take you to the top for a nice view of the area. The lighthouse keepers residence just beside it is a very nice and very spacious building
    Written December 2, 2022
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  • Denise M
    6 contributions
    My daughter (30 y.o.) and I enjoyed the museum with its pirate history and artifacts. We also liked the incorporation of Pirate movies of the past. It was quite nostalgic as we remembered watching those movies.
    Written December 4, 2022
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  • kesszzz
    Niagara Falls, Canada142 contributions
    Our first visit to this attraction and we did the self guided tour. They have so many different items and plaques with descriptions of different items in the museum all over. The overall feeling is creepy but it suits the items you’re there to see. Interesting place to visit.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Yvonne H
    2 contributions
    Old & young alike should enjoy this museum. If you're a senior citizen you will recognize many things you & your family owned & used &, if you're young, you can see what & how things were used back then.
    Written November 7, 2022
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  • wallflowerone
    Arkansas132 contributions
    I was expecting a bigger area, more hospital that you could walk through. Understandably the guy giving us the tour/lecture did explain that many ages ago parts of the hospital where sold off and turned into something else like the restaurant across the street. There is a house next door that use to be a part of the hospital that has since been sold which is where the herb garden was also. Our tour guide was very informative in explaining how the hospital worked etc. The herbs that’s was used etc.
    Written October 12, 2022
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  • RREED232
    Elizabethtown, KY26 contributions
    After reading other reviews, I was expecting loads of local historic photos showing how the town was built and how it's changed. There were a few, but it's mostly an art museum housing part of a donated collection. LOVELY at any rate! AND! it was the only FREE thing we saw while in St Augustine!
    Written October 4, 2022
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  • louis w
    Longboat Key, FL13 contributions
    Interesting to see. It is definitely a fixture and part of St. Augustine. Also has a great view of the historical district
    Written April 16, 2021
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  • Martha W
    Saint Paul, MN17 contributions
    Well-designed museum. Just awe-inspiring history of Black Americans in St. Augustine.

    St Augustine was the site of many civil rights protests.

    Don't miss this museum. Fascinating!
    Written February 21, 2022
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  • teresap118
    New Port Richey, FL85 contributions
    Takes less than 30 minutes to do. See trainset that still works. Wheelchair accessible. Comes with trolley car combo package.
    Written September 6, 2020
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  • Gerry963
    Schroon Lake, NY31 contributions
    We had previously visited many civil rights museums and historic sites across the country—Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. All are affecting, but none more so than this small museum. That’s partly because the scope of ACCORD is intensely local, but those local events drew national attention—and provoked action by Congress. And it’s partly because your tour guide is the executive director of the ACCORD civil rights organization. And finally , it’s partly because the museum is a sidelight to ACCORD’s ongoing advocacy.

    Until we visited St. Augustine, we were unaware of the city’s importance in the civil rights movement. This museum, operated by a continuing not-for-profit civil rights advocacy organization, really opened our eyes. It strikes us in retrospect that the tourism powers that be in the Ancient City are still trying to minimize or ignore the city’s lamentable legacy of segregation.

    The museum is located in Lincolnville, an historically black neighborhood of St. Augustine, in the former office of Dr. Robert Hayling, an African American oral surgeon whose practice was half white. He was also a local civil rights activist who brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his movement to St. Augustine after local protests organized or encouraged by Dr. Hayling triggered violent responses by the KKK. Dr. Hayling ended up the most hated man in St . Augustine. He may not be well known outside St. Augustine, but he was a brave and principled and effectual man.

    The museum is small but its collection of artifacts is large. It’s not optimally curated yet, but the lack of slickness adds to the authenticity of the place. You need an appointment to visit the museum, so you get a private tour, which provides all the background and explanation you need anyway.

    The experience was fascinating, eye-opening, and worth the extra steps it takes to visit it. Highly recommended.
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • busconi
    Wenatchee, WA5,237 contributions
    Right across the street from the Oldest House Complex are the St. Francis Barracks. They are well preserved and look out toward the water. They were not open for tours at the time we arrived so we could only view the exterior.....that is itself was worth coming.
    Written March 11, 2019
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