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“Very informative!”

New Smyrna Museum of History
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The New Smyrna Museum of History highlights the rich history of the southeast Volusia county area. Our building was built in the mid 1920s and served as a post office for approximately 40 years. Originally founded in 1768 by Dr. Andrew Turnbull, his settlement, New Smyrna, lasted only nine years. The center of the museum is dedicated to this settlement and the brave and hearty souls who originally settled our area. Included are videos, artifacts, models, and panels. The exterior portion of the museum is a timeline of our area. Items of interest include ancient fossils, a Civil War display, dozens of historical photos, a working archaeology lab, World War I and II information, and a beautiful and moving display to the local men who served in the military during the Vietnam War. We also feature a room that offers short term displays of local importance. These displays change 3-4 times per year and are sponsored by local groups and individuals. A small gift shop, featuring local and Florida history books and other items is on site. Our museum does not have a set entry fee per person but does ask for donations. These donations help cover operating costs and maintenance of the building.
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very informative!”
Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

My 11 year old daughter and I really enjoyed this museum. It was very informative about the region and the volunteers running it were very helpful and great resources!

Visited July 2013
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Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Full of surprises”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Since the weather wasn't cooperating we took in the town's history museum. It's free and well worth the time to visit. Plan on at least an hour or two if you are a history buff since New Smyrna is one of the oldest settlements in North America. Very friendly, knowledgeable volunteers. While we visited there also happened to be entertainment as well with a poet and Greek Dancers. Given the small size of the town this place is a real gem.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank MovinOnAlong
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
“A very nice experience”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

Thoroughly Enjoyable! This museum brings to life the daily experience in New Symrna Beach and what attracted the original settlers to the area. My great-aunt Masie Truett use to visit these beaches each fall/winter from Bar Harbor Maine to paint the sea-scapes of this area. So the museum brought to life what it had been like to come here back in the early 1900's and vacation.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Brrliner
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Perry, Georgia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional Museum and Staff”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

I am a lover of all things history, and very much enjoyed our trip to the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History. As far as I am concerned, it was the highlight of our trip! The items on display are above and beyond amazing! I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the items were and how well they told the history of the area! The museum's layout and display of the objects was interesting and well thought out! The staff there was so friendly and very knowledgeable on the history of the area, and all the items displayed at the museum! I highly recommend anyone vacationing in New Smyrna Beach to take the time to stop by, and visit this rare gem! The smiling friendly faces and items you will see there are worth a visit!

Visited September 2013
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Fort Pierce
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“More Florida History”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I visited the New Smyrna Beach Museum History recently and enjoyed learning more about the settlements in Florida. The history of this small town is amazing. It was started by a group from Scotland that adds a new twist to Florida's history. It is a free museum and includes one of a very few Korean War exhibits in Florida. Donation is requested.

Visited August 2013
Thank Linda B
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