Description - Set amid the lovely town of Cedar Key, the state museum, once the home of St. Clair Whitman, is surrounded by beautiful sabal palms, live oaks, and saw palmettos. The museum is a wonderful compilation of 19th century Florida history. Depicted in the museum is the important fishing industry where trade extended beyond Cuba. Also exhibited is information about the fascinating link the area played during the Civil War. There is even information about Florida's early railroad era. One of the most enjoyable exhibits is the extensive shell collection. The museum is housed in St. Clair Whitman's former home, the gentleman who operated the first museum in Cedar Key. Mr. Whitman's varying collection of historic artifacts is on display Thursday through Monday from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. The museum and exhibits is wheelchair accessible. The grounds are open 365 days a year from 8 A.M. to sunset.
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Cedar Key State Museum
- Picturesque Cedar Key on Florida's Gulf Coast was a thriving port city after the completion of the cross state railroad in 1861. The need for deep water ports brought shipping to an end, but Cedar Key's importance in Florida history lives on at Cedar Key State Museum. This center contains exhibits which depict the colorful history of the Cedar Key area before, during and after the Civil War It also houses a shell collection assembled by Saint Clair Whitman.
Recreation - Picnicking, viewing the museum exhibits, and touring the grounds are the recreations enjoyed at Cedar Key State Museum. Each fall a seafood festival is held in the town of Cedar Key.
Climate - Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area offers a great warm escape for outdoor recreation during the cold northern months. Summer temperatures average in the low 80's Fahrenheit and mid 20's Celsius. Winters are mild with temperatures averaging between the high 40's to the high 50's Fahrenheit. The average precipitation for the north central area is diverse. The central western area receives more than 60 inches per year while the central eastern tract receives about 50 inches. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.
Cedar Key State Museum is located in northwestern Florida, several miles southwest of Otter Creek along State Route 24.