Enjoy our list of budget friendly and free museums in Florida! Unless otherwise listed, admission to the museum is free. If a museum has a fee ($12 or less) the fee is noted next to the name of the museum. Some of these locations have weird or alternating hours, so please always verify the admission price, and the opening schedule of the museum. We have tried to include a link with each museum’s title, if that particular place has a website.

At the top under the table of contents is an interactive map of ALL the budget friendly and free museums in Florida. Please utilize the map to find something close to you, and the table of contents will help navigate through the various areas of Florida. Enjoy!

Map of Free Museums in Florida

Pan Handle

If you’re planning a trip to Pensacola and the surrounding areas, you’ll find a plethora of museums to keep yourself busy. I highly recommend doing the National Naval Aviation Museum and the West Florida Railroad Museum. In addition, if you have the time and the funds to purchase the Historic Pensacola Ticket, that would also be worth your while.

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National Naval Aviation Museum – Photo Courtesy of Kristin Schultz

Pensacola Area


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Photo of the Air Force Armament Museum Courtesy of @exploreokaloosa

Fort Walton Beach

  • Heritage Park & Cultural Centers Museums: (Indian Temple Mound Museum, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound, and the Civil War Exhibit Building) Admission includes all 4 museums. Adults: $5  Kids 4-17: $3 Kids 3 & Under: Free
  • Walton County Heritage Museum: 1140 Circle Drive, Defuniak Springs FL 32435

Panama City


Goodwood Museum and Gardens


North Florida

The north Florida area consists of Jacksonville, Lake City, and Gainesville in addition to the surrounding areas. Most of the museums you’ll find in this area are in Jacksonville, but there are some other sprinkled in as well. The Kingsley Plantation is a classic that you won’t want to skip!


Middleburg & Green Cove Springs

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Photo courtesy of Matheson History Museum


Other North Florida Museums

Central Florida

Photo provided by Osceola Welcome Center

Next, enjoy several free museums in the central Florida area. This area spans Orlando and all the communities east of Orlando along the space and the treasure coast. The Ponce De Leon Lighthouse museum is a bit of a drive, but worth it. There are also a few nice beaches in that area. For the history buffs, both the Museum of Seminole County History at the Osceola Welcome Center & Museum would be good choices. If gems and rocks are your interest, you’ll want to check out the Gillespie Museum at Stetson University in Deland.

Daytona Area

Ponce De Leon Lighthouse Museum, Photo Courtesy of @theFloridaologist
Gillespie Museum, Photo Courtesy of Dr. Peter May, professor emeritus of biology at Stetson University.

Deland Area

Ocala Area

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Marion County Museum of History (photo courtesy of the museum)


Museum of Seminole County History (photos courtesy of the museum)

Orlando Area

Central Florida Railroad Museum (photo courtesy of the museum)

Cocoa Area

Vero Beach/Ft. Pierce

St. Lucie County Aquarium

Stuart/Port St. Lucie

South Florida

Below is the list for the south Florida region contains all of the budget friendly and free museums in Florida from Jupiter to Miami. Choose from a variety of locations that showcase everything from art to history. Note: Parking may or may not be free for some of these locations as they are in busy metropolitan areas.

West Palm/Lake Worth

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FAU Fogelman Sports Museum (photo courtesy of the museum)

Boca Raton & Pompano Beach

Coral Springs Museum of Art (Photo Courtesy of the Museum)

Fort Lauderdale


Florida Keys

Gulf Coast

You will find more free museums in Florida on Florida’s Gulf Coast! This section of our list starts near Tampa and Lakeland and runs south all the way to Naples.

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Penny Lane Beatles Museum (photo courtesy of the museum)

Tampa Area

Tampa Firefighters Museum (photo courtesy of the museum)

Lakeland & Bartow

St. Pete Area

Morean Art Center

Bradenton/Sarasota Area

Manatee Village Historic Part (Photo Courtesy of Manatee Village)

Fort Myers Area

Naples & South

Thanks for checking out our list of budget friendly and free museums in Florida! If you spot one that we missed, please reach out and let us know. Also, stay tuned for another listing of museums that are have free admission on certain days of the week.

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