Featured Exhibits

EXHIBIT: Sumi-E By the Sea
On Exhibit: January 13 – February 24

The Florida Maritime Museum (FMM) is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, “Sumi-e by the Sea”, featuring the works of the Sarasota Sumi-e society. These maritime themed, East Asian watercolor paintings will be on exhibit through February 24, 2018.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 1-3:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy light refreshments courtesy of the Sarasota Sumi-e Society and the Florida Maritime Museum. Please RSVP at (941) 708-6121 or The opening coincides with FMM’s monthly Music on the Porch jam session, so stick around and enjoy the music, too! For more information on the Sumi-e Society of Sarasota please visit

EXHIBIT: Talking Smack: The Sailing Vessels of Pensacola’s Red Snapper Fishing Industry 
On Exhibit: March 22 – June 2

Florida Photographic Collection

After the end of the American Civil War, industry in Pensacola and Northwest Florida boomed as money flowed from the North to the South. Among various industrial endeavors in this area, commercial fishing for red snapper become one of the most successful. The colorful fishermen and beautiful sailing vessels of the red snapper fishing industry dominated Pensacola’s waterfront from 1870-1930. This presentation discusses the importance of red snapper fishing to the development of Pensacola and Northwest Florida, in addition to why the industry began and ended so quickly. This exhibit will remain on display until Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. Visitors can enjoy light refreshments and live music courtesy of the Florida Maritime Museum. RSVP is appreciated.