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“If you want to know, come on in”

Cedar Key Historical Society Museum
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lutterloh building and Andrew's House are home to exhibits detailing the picturesque village's history dating back to prehistoric times. Exhibits include Native American artifacts from the Timucuan era, the Second Seminole War, Journey of John Muir to Cedar Key, Cedar pencil industry, Seafood and Clam industry, Florida Railroad, and Donax Broom Manufacturing.
Salem, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“If you want to know, come on in”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

At age 29, just after the Civil War, John Muir walked from Kentucky to Cedar Key, Florida. The story of his walk was published after he died mostly in the form of his journal entries written during the adventure, but also from some of his letters. A thousand-mile walk to the Gulf is actually a wonderful book, hard to put down, and it completely captured my imagination.

That is why I was especially delighted to find myself in Cedar Key for a few hours during a drive across Florida recently. The town has probably changed very little since Muir's visit, though golf cart rentals might have been appreciated then!

Curious to know what, if anything, existed to commemorate Muir's story, I just happened to open the door to the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum, a prominent easy-to-find venue located on a downtown corner.

The guy at the front desk was incredibly welcoming. He was happy to waive the entrance fee and escort me around the front wall, intro the exhibit area, and stand me in front of a large display commemorating John Muir's story.

I wish I'd had time to pay full admission and soak up the entire museum. It's a gem in a jeweled city.

Visited March 2012
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Dunnellon, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2012

Cedar Key is a great wknd trip. Visit everything there is to offer. It is a like a little Key West. Enjoy!

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Must-see little museum in Cedar Key”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

Very well done small museum with artifacts and pictures of historic Cedar Key. This will take 45 minutes or so and is well worth the $2 admission.

Visited March 2012
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Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Only $2.00”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

Well worth the money. Lots of good info on Cedar Key.

Visited February 2012
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Cedar Key
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Wonderful Piece of Cedar Key's History Preserved By Locals”
Reviewed February 5, 2012

This museum is a must see attraction when in Cedar Key. You can not beat the cost of $2 per person. You can take as long as you like as it is a self guided tour. They have wonderful books, gifts and lititurer for sale. You have two building to tour through, lots of artifacts and photos to view. A great walking tour (self guided) booklet of the historical area of Cedar Key for only $8. Makes a great souvenir of the island for history lovers and non history lovers too.

Visited September 2011
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