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New Smyrna Museum of History

120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7039
+1 386-478-0052
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A Fun & Informative Stop

We stopped here when one of the workers came out to talk to us as we were looking at the outside... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FloridaMeister
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Sebring, Florida
Great way to spend an afternoon

Lots of interesting photos and displays, really well informed and friendly volunteers. Highly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura W
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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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.
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120 Sams Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168-7039
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here when one of the workers came out to talk to us as we were looking at the outside display of an indigo processing machine. Inside they had a full array of prehistoric, Spanish and territorial artifacts and displays. There also were other,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting photos and displays, really well informed and friendly volunteers. Highly reccomend!

Thank Laura W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must stop for anyone who is visiting NSB. If you're at the Canal Street Farmers Market it's just down the street. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed hearing about NSB and discussing the artifacts. Check out the T-shirts which are...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Discovered this gem of a museum today. Loaded with unusual and interesting items and information! The docents were very knowledgeable!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Walking tours are offered 3 days a week. They are excellect. Learn a lot about the city and its growth.

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

My husband and I recently spend several hours at the New Smyrna Museum of History and enjoyed every minute of our time there. We were warmly welcomed by several of the volunteers upon entry and had a special treat of meeting one of the towns...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

As we arrived at the museum, we were warmly welcomed and given a brief introduction to local history. The displays were nicely laid out and brimming with interesting information. I'd highly recommend this museum to anyone who'd like to learn about the grit and determination...More

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SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thank you for the kind comments about our museum and volunteers. They love what they do and make this a special place. The origins of New Smyrna Beach are tough as you point out and those intrepid individuals lived a difficult life. We are happy...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

nothing extraordinary, ive seen better and ive seen worse, maybe its a florida thing could be...could just be

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

This is a good little museum. When you see just how hard it was to settle early Florida and what the early settlers endured you will have a whole new respect for them. Well worth stopping in.More

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SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we appreciate the kind words. It is true that early life in Florida was not easy. Heat, insects, snakes, hard laboring, and more made for a harsh life. It makes us appreciate where we...More

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

We moved to New Smyrna Beach a couple of years ago after visiting the area for years. This little museum is a "Gem" which truly provides a true sense of "place" and "history" for the visitors, for the long-time residents, as well as for the...More

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SEVHS, Executive Director at New Smyrna Museum of History, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

Thank you for your review and kind words. We enjoy meeting visitors of all types; as you mention locals to new comers to vacationers. Every town has a story and we are happy to share a bit of our town with anybody who is interested....More

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Gary Y
3 August 2016|
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Response from SEVHS | Property representative |
Hi Gary, The museum does not have a set entrance fee. Rather, we do ask for donations. Donations are not required for entrance however. We hope you are able to visit soon!
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