Museum Day

Museum Day

September 22, 2018 - 10am-4pm

Museum Day

Historically Dressed Educators

Historically Dressed Educators

Discover Florida's unique cattle ranching traditions

Historically Dressed Educators

Historically Dressed Educators

Discover Florida's unique cattle ranching traditions

Knowledgeable interpreters dressed in period outfits at each site are ready to share Florida's history!

Did you know that Florida has the longest history of ranching of any state in the United States?

Come learn how to herd cattle in a subtropical environment.

Hands-on Activities

Hands-on Activities

Help us with everyday chores!

Hands-on Activities

Hands-on Activities

Help us with everyday chores!

See our model train display, sample sugar cane syrup, meet a 19th century Florida cow hunter and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard.

Shopping & Demonstrations

Shopping & Demonstrations

Hand-made crafts and demonstrations

Shopping & Demonstrations

Shopping & Demonstrations

Hand-made crafts and demonstrations

Visit our General Store! The store features nostalgic and reproduction items, historical toys and games, books, candy, and many other unique gift ideas.

Also check out our historical demonstrators who exhibit and demonstrate their wares.

Historic Structures

Historic Structures

See our late 19th century rural Florida buildings

Historic Structures

Historic Structures

See our late 19th century rural Florida buildings

The museum holds a collection of 13 original buildings dating from 1870-1912 which were relocated from across the state of Florida. Our buildings range from public buildings like our Terry Store and Okahumpka Train Depot, to private buildings like our Carlton and Smith homes.

Family Friendly

Family Friendly

Activities for both young and old

Family Friendly

Family Friendly

Activities for both young and old

Great for families, seniors, scout groups and more!

Tour our historic buildings and grounds, see our Terry Store, play with period toys, help with everyday chores like churning butter, and learn about Florida's Cowhunters.

What to Expect

Museum Day

About the Event

About the Event

Date: September 22, 2018

Time: 10am-4pm

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is a national celebration of museums. On this day, you can visit Cracker Country and experience a historic rural Florida lifestyle for FREE!*

General Pricing: FREE for all

Parking: Enter the Fairgrounds via MLK Parking Entrance and park near Gate 2. $8.00 per car. $15 bus or RV. Parking is cash only.

See & Do

See & Do

During Museum Day Live, visitors can tour historic buildings and grounds that represent home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. See our model train display, sample sugar cane syrup, meet a 19th century Florida cow hunter and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard.

$2 Dip a beeswax candle -- cash only
$2 Twist a rope -- cash only

Crafts and Demonstrations
TBA

Main Stage

Main Stage

We are currently planning our 2018 event. Come back in November for more information.

2017 Entertainment:

Trail Dogs Bluegrass Band - 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop

There are lots of unique holiday gifts to be found at the General Store! The store features nostalgic and reproduction items, historical toys and games, books, candy, and many other unique gift items.

The General Store accepts cash, Visa, Master Card, and personal checks with ID.

Proceeds from sales in the General Store help support Cracker Country's education programs.

What to Eat

What to Eat

Sandwiches, chips, and drinks are available for purchase. Picnic tables are available for a picnic lunch.

Testimonials

Guest Comments - Museum Day

I will always remember...how much fun we had making a doll.

Katy, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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The friendliness of people and the wealth of information!

Nicole, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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We loved jumping in the sacks and making rope.

Chloe, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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Hands on! Great people at exhibits very informative. Learned a lot Kids enjoyed!

Anonymous, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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Enjoyed the atmosphere of a simpler, slower, quieter country Florida.

Cara, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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The butter, the guests and docents made the experience great.

Bill, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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I will always remember watching my kids do REAL manual labor (tilling the soil).

Jim, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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Taking us back in time, my daughter got to see a glimpse of history.

Dawn, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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I will always remember the Rail Road Depot and men who were there, they knew their stuff.

Anonymous, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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I will always remember the time with my children/seeing how things used to be : )

Jodi, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Visitor
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Pets are not allowed in Cracker Country.

Service animals are allowed, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals approved as part of an exhibition.
Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.   
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

 

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