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The website for The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum is launching May 1st, 2017! We hope you’ll join us in celebrating by bringing a friend along to any of our Folk School classes. For full class schedule click here

Fundraising Boat Tour May 11th!


FUNDRAISING BOAT TOURS Paradise Boat Tours will be leading a 90-minute adventure through our pristine inter-coastal waterways to benefit The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3 PM. This is a unique opportunity to explore Florida’s coastal heritage, and enjoy stories of authentic Cortez while having a ninety-five percent […]

Give the gift of a traditional skills classes!

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Looking for the perfect gift? Call (941) 708-6120 for information about a gift certificate for our Folk School!

Knot Tying Fees Due April 22nd


Knot Tying ($15) Saturday, April 29th, 10am to 11am Fees Due by April 22nd Min: 5 students, Max: 10 students Knots are so fundamental to everyday life that we barely notice they are around. We all remember first learning to tie our shoelaces as children, but there are so many other times we utilize knots. Without the […]

Class Schedule

If you would like to register for any of the classes below, please call (941) 708-6120.   Pine Cone Quilting Class Series ($35/class, $105 due at registration) Tuesday, April 25th, 10:30am to 12:30pm Fees Due by April 13th The Pine Cone quilt, also called a Pine Burr Quilt was a traditional southern African American quilt […]

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The Folk School at Florida Maritime Museum supports the mission of the Florida Maritime Museum to collect, preserve, and share traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts, and personal stories specific to Florida’s fishing and maritime heritage. The Folk School is a “school for life.” With a focus on providing a supportive environment, the Folk School provides a […]

Welcome to the Florida Maritime Museum

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We’re open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is FREE, so come by the museum to see what’s new and say “Hi!”  

About Us


Our mission is to preserve and share Florida’s maritime heritage. Come aboard as we undertake a voyage in time and tradition. Our port of call is somewhere in the past, but the harbor is a modern museum facility housed in a historic 1912 Schoolhouse and surrounded by the park like grounds of the Cortez Nature Preserve. […]