Two New Temporary Exhibits Opening July 10th, 2015 at 6pm!

Florida in WWII


It Came From the Attic: Local War Memorabilia Collections

The Amelia Island Museum of History will be presenting, in partnership with RockTenn, a traveling exhibit called “Florida in World War II”.   This exhibit, which will have its opening on July 10th. 2015 at 6pm and remain open through the September 20th, 2015. A traveling exhibition by the Museum of Florida History, Florida in World War II presents an overview of this seismic world event and its effect on the State of Florida. Topics include: life on the home front, military training, the German U-boat threat, and Floridians in military service. To complement the Florida Museum of History’s Florida in WWII Exhibit, the Amelia Island Museum of History will feature a companion exhibition drawn from the personal collections and war-time reminiscences of museum members and from our community.

We would like to thank RockTenn for sponsoring the Amelia Island Museum of History in the funding of “Florida in World War II”. This exhibit will educate visitors on the contributions and individuals who were involved in the war efforts and how the war impacted the state. Topics such as the training of servicemen, the German U-boat threat, occurrences on the home front, and Floridians who were active in the military will be discussed.  The opening on July 10th will begin at Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209, with a forum made up of contributors to AIMH’s companion exhibit and Fernandina residents who experienced the war firsthand. Afterwards we will walk over to the museum for refreshments and unveil the new exhibit. There is a $10 suggested donation for non-museum members. The Amelia Island Museum of History (233 S. 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Fl – 32034) is open Mon-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is $7 for Adults, and $4 for Students/Active Military.

“RockTenn has been part of the Amelia Island community for many years including the years during WWII” said Tom Sweetser, RockTenn’s general manager of the Fernandina Beach Mill. “We’re excited to be a partner in bringing this exhibit to our community.”

RockTenn, which is one of North America’s leading providers of packaging solutions and manufacturers of containerboard and paperboard, is known for its commitment to the community. RockTenn employs 27,000 people and operates approximately 200 facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

Permanent Exhibits

Step back in time and share our stories.

Discovery Ship

The “Margery ” is our new interactive exhibit for children which utilizes discovery based learning.  Discovery-based learning is a well known technique used by many museums to teach through play which is so important in exciting and engaging children in a museum setting. On the Discovery Ship children will learn about knot tying and be able to pilot their own ship among other activities.

Timucuan Village

Amelia Island has over 4000 years of history. Learn about the area’s first residents and see a rendition of a typical Timucuan Village as well as the imposing figure of a Timucuan Chief.

Historic Preservation

This room shares the story of historic preservation in Nassau County from the movement’s inception to its completion and ongoing challenges.

Footprints in Time

An outline that highlights the fascinating personalities that were a part of Nassau County’s development from the 16th century to present day.

Spanish Missions of La Florida

  • Artifacts and stories relating to the Spanish Mission Period of Nassau County’s history. (Photo by Stephan R. Leimberg)

Civil War and the Florida Railroad

  • A dual exhibit that examines the conflict on Amelia Island, as well as the impact of one of Florida’s greatest statesmen, David Yulee. (Photo by Stephan R. Leimberg)

Nassau County

  • An extensive examination of the industries that have shaped Nassau County’s growth over the years. (Photo by Stephan R. Leimberg)

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