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Gulf Coast Heritage Association | Historic Spanish Point

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Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc., owns and operates Historic Spanish Point and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Our mission is to connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in southwest coastal Florida by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the objects and traditions significant to our region’s past.

About Historic Spanish Point:

Historic Spanish Point was deeded to Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc. by the family of Mrs. Potter (Bertha) Palmer in 1980.  As part of its mission, the Association identified key visions to which it is committed, foremost of which is the preservation and interpretation of Historic Spanish Point, a 30-acre environmental, archaeological, and historical site that opened to the public as a museum in 1982.

When acquired, the buildings were in serious need of restoration and historic gardens were overgrown. The 1980 Master Plan, produced by a team of restoration architects, historians, archaeologists, and museum professionals, outlined a plan to rehabilitate the 30-acre parcel for a museum.  Since then more than $4 million has been raised for restorations, reconstructions, and interpretations of buildings, gardens, and archaeological features.

Today, Historic Spanish Point is operated by a professional staff along with some 135 volunteers. The museum is open to the public seven days a week and serves 30,000 visitors annually.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday noon to 5:00pm

ADMISSION PRICES
Adults: $12 per person
Seniors (65+): $10 per person
Children (Ages 5-12): $5 per person
Children (under age 5): Free

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover and always appreciate cash payments.

Historic Spanish Point is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and ranks among the top 5% of our nation’s museums via its American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation.

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