It was a grand effort to get the kids to pose in front of this sign.
But I can't complain…they did okay.
The museum is but one floor of this entire building. There are archives and other state offices also.
Timmy is posing like this all over the place…just let me warn you.
The older gentleman is Mick Smith, a volunteer who guided us through the ENTIRE museum!
He could answer ANYTHING!
This is a giant mastodon that was dug up in 1930 at a location called Mount Jackson.
Or was it Lake Jackson? I can't remember...
Mastodon remains were found last fall in the Daytona Beach area...
The tusks are fake. This is because the real tusks are so heavy the skeleton would fall forward if they were mounted.
They make rope out of palmetto fibers. I could do this…after all, we have 13 of them in our front yard.
Canoes carved out of cypress.
Mick told the kids to sit in the boat…really!
St. Johns River area native Americans.
Mick said these folks were incredibly healthy and were significantly taller than the Spanish visitors.
Jacob found where he was born on this map on the floor. "Right here".
Bi-lingual exhibit. It just opened this past March in honor of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon's landing.
This is a tool used to track distance and direction.
Jacob practicing knots.
You can pick up a 6 lb. shot (tethered to the exhibit).
This Florida state seal was hanging in the U.S. Capitol building through the 1950s. The seal was returned to Florida when the House chamber needed remodeling.
This flag has a story -- a former curator took this flag out of the museum to show a friend, and then he died and no one knew about the flag being in his possession for several weeks.
Citrus crates. Those labels are becoming popular now to decorate kitchens. http://www.asliceintime.com/ecommerce/crate-label-prints/florida-crate-label-prints.html
I might like to do that…frame citrus labels for the kitchen...
A citrus sorting center.
See that TV? It's connected to a room upstairs...
And you can see folks walking through that room...
You can see Jacob in the center, and Timmy on the far right.
A replica of the first "Tin Can" Model A motorhome.
An exhibit about FL being a vacation spot. Ya think?
Dave and I had been to this hotel on a 2004 visit to St. Augustine. We didn't stay there, we just toured the grounds. It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
A kid had an accident in this exhibit, so it was closed.
Silver Springs is near Ocala.
A glass bottom boat...
A model of Silver Springs Resort, complete with a train!
It's a model of the Silver Springs and Western railroad, which you can read about here: http://taplines.net/ss/ssw.html
I'm photographing through glass, so it doesn't look as good as I'd like.
This is an area of generic "new additions" to the MFH collection.
The sculptor who was commissioned to make this emblem had never been to Florida, which is why there are mountains in the background.
In the Florida in WWII exhibit.
Florida had a couple of POW camps for German prisoners.
Playing wtih Audobon Birds in the gift shop.