The Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center is home to exhibits that display city and regional history. Artifacts date back to prehistoric times and help to tell the story of Safety Harbor. It is managed by the City of Safety Harbor and the Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History.
The Safety Harbor area has long been an ideal place to live. From the earliest peoples (20,000 B.C.E.) who hunted giant mammals on a peninsula twice the size of present day Florida, to the present city of dedicated preservationists, Safety Harbor has an impressive history.
Permanent Exhibits Include
Paleo-Florida: See fossils of mammals that used to live in Florida thousands of years ago. Explore a touch table where you can interact with fossils.
Tocobaga Indians: The Tocobaga Indians were among Tampa Bay’s first permanent residents, who lived in the area from 900 AD to around 1500 AD. Through archaeological excavations and early Spanish records, we can piece together a picture of how they lived.
Odet Philippe: Odet Philippe is noted as the first non-native settler in Pinellas County. Learn about his unique history and what he brought to Florida.
Florida in the Civil War: Learn about Fort Brooke, a historical military post situated on the east bank of the Hillsborough River in present-day Tampa, Florida. Fort Brooke would serve as a major outpost in Florida during all three Seminole Wars and the Civil War. Also in this exhibit, visitors learn how early area settlers were involved in the Civil War.
Espiritu Santo Springs: Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs, or “Springs of the Holy Spirit,” a natural mineral spring. Learn about the development of the Safety Harbor Sanatorium and the Spa that was eventually built over the springs.
Early Safety Harbor: Learn about the development of the City of Safety Harbor from schools to the Safety Harbor Herald. Also, check out the replica post office and learn how unique Safety Harbor’s postal system was.
Take the 10,000 Years of History Tour. This docent guided tour explores 10,000 years of regional and Tampa Bay history. Learn about the Spanish exploration of Safety Harbor, the Tocobaga Indians, Pinellas County's first white settlers, and Florida during the Civil War, including the hardships of being a soldier. This tour is available to groups of 40 or more and costs $5 per person.
VISIT THE MUSEUM
329 Bayshore Blvd, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
PHONE: (727) 724-1562
HOURS: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm, Sunday & Monday: Closed
page information credit: City of Safety Harbor, Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center
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