The Amelia Island Museum of history is the first spoken history museum in the state. We continue our story-telling tradition with a variety of tours that cater to many interests and age levels. Docent-Led Museum Tours are scheduled regularly. Docent-Led Walking tours may be arranged for groups of four or more by contacting our Education Director, Thea Seagraves at (904) 261-7378 (x105).
Your cell phone will be your key to unlocking the stories of Fernandina Beach’s past. Starting at the old train depot, you will walk to ten distinctive destinations that make Fernandina Beach memorable. In this tour you will be exposed to the beautiful Victorian architecture of buildings like the Tabby House, Bailey House, and the Florida House Inn, and hear the history of Florida’s oldest continually operating bar – the Palace Saloon. You will also learn about the First Presbyterian Church, which was attended by the nation’s first Jewish Senator, David Yulee. Cell Phone Tours are $5 and may be purchased at the Museum.
An amazing tale of intrigue and adventure awaits you in our Eight Flags Gallery. This one hour tour given at 11 AM and 2 PM every Monday through Saturday at the Museum, and at 2 PM every Sunday afternoon, highlights the events and people that shaped Fernandina’s spectacular history. This tour is included with entrance to the museum.
Centre Street Tours
Hear fascinating anecdotes of the families and industries that shaped Fernandina on this walk down our national historic district’s main thoroughfare. The tour is available by reservation for two or more guests with 24 hours’ notice.
An Amelia Island Museum of History Tour Guide is provided for your bus or van. From the comfort of your seat, discover the beauty and charm of Amelia Island, from its pristine beaches, to the sumptuous resorts and Victorian architecture that grace our community, to the industries that have shaped our economic development.
South Fernandina Tour
Take a journey through time on this 1 1/2- 2 hour walking tour of the south historic district. Starting at the landmark St. Peters Episcopal Church this tour showcases Fernandina’s beauty, charm, and unique character. Guests will gain a true feeling for the rich history of the island when they may enter up to five historic places based on availability. The tour is available by reservation for four or more with 48 hours’ advanced notice and has a limited schedule.
Guests on this tour will learn Amelia Island ghost stories as they tiptoe through dark streets and walk in the footsteps of a haunted past through the skillful storytelling of your guide. This tour begins at 6 PM every Friday and lasts approximately one hour. Meet your guide in the cemetery behind St. Peters Episcopal Church located at 801 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets may be purchased at the Museum for $10.00/adults and $5.00/students. Special Tours may be arranged based on availability, please contact Education Director for more information.
The Amelia Island Museum of History is now offering a guided tour titled “The Golden Era of Amelia Island”. This tour of Fernandina Beach’s north end introduces the players in Amelia Island’s unique history while giving a broad understanding of how our city was affected by national and world events from 1782-1850. The tour is available by reservation for two or more guests with 24 hours’ notice.
One ticket, four free drinks, and a wealth of historical information about downtown Fernandina! While sipping your favorite cocktail, you’ll hear riveting stories about a bygone era. The Pub Crawl takes place every Thursday, March through November. Special tours may be arranged based on availability. Please drink responsibly, non-alcoholic beverages also provided. Must be 21 or older, ID required.
Holiday Home Tour
This popular annual tour will feature spectacular homes professionally decorated for the holidays. Docents will be stationed at each home to point out the rich history, architectural features, furnishings, and decorations. Good cheer and tidings of the seasons abound as Victorian carolers will add to the festive experience as they serenade guests with holiday music.
The Amelia Island Museum of History is proud to announce our new Speaker’s Bureau. An extensive listing of lecturers is available through the Museum on a variety of topics that will appeal to any audience.
Student Tours and Presentations
We offer a variety of Student Tours and Presentations in the museum or at your school site! Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Special programs for homeschoolers.
Adventures in Architecture, Participate in an architectural walking tour.
Seas of Change: The story of Nassau County.
“Timuc-a-who?” – Learn about life among the native people. Explore their culture, habits and life style. Includes a hands on project for participants geared specifically for each grade level.
Costumed History Program – Ask for a First Person Presenter to visit your class room or school facility.
Victorian Tea Program – Learn about the etiquette of the Victorian Era, includes tea & cakes plus a historic presentation. (Multigenerational)