Since 2005, the Destin History and Fishing Museum
has showcased the history and lore about the waters in southern Okaloosa County, Florida. From the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the brackish shores of Choctawhatchee Bay, everything you ever wondered about the region’s nautical history can be found at this museum. It is a superb place to visit if you want to learn more about the Destin’s history not only in a nautical sense, but how the entire region developed as well.
This popular Florida vacation destination takes its name from Leonard Destin, a fisherman from New London, Connecticut who moved to the area in the mid-1850s. Mr. Destin thereafter established a small fishing village on the inlet creek between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, where he continued his trade as a fisher boat captain. Today, this Destin museum
is located inside an original post office building and it still maintains many of the architectural features of yesteryear.
Maritime Destin Museum
Inside the museum, visitors will gain an understanding of how fishing developed in the region and how the industry helped build the modern beachside community of Destin. On the walls, the nautical photographs alongside their captions display how much daily life and fishing has changed since the 19th century. There are also plenty of replica fish specimens prominently displayed on the walls which are sure to impress people of all ages. In the large glass display cases, visitors will see species such as moon fish, swordfish, manta rays and even a few sharks. In fact, visitors should not miss a chance to take a photo of themselves standing inside a replica casting of a monstrous megalodon shark jaw, complete with an ominous set of teeth. Additionally, this Destin museum
exhibits different rods, lures and boats in a chronological fashion which expertly describes how fishing has changed from the establishment of Destin until the present day.
Like many museums throughout the world, the Destin History and Fishing Museum
has a store where visitors can purchase nautical themed items and merchandise. If you don’t buy anything for yourself, there is definitely a gift for those who love the art of fishing. Additionally, since the museum is a non-profit 501-C organization, your charitable contribution can be deducted on federal taxes. The museum is located on 108 Stahlman Avenue, right next to the Destin Community Center and it is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-4PM.
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