About Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is a national celebration of museums. On this day, you can visit Cracker Country and experience a historic rural Florida lifestyle for FREE!*

Knowledgeable interpreters dressed in period outfits at each site

Hands-on activities
to experience
rural Florida's history

13 original stuctures
to explore
plus a 19th century cow camp

Crafters and Demonstrators
Hand-made crafts
and demonstrations

Familes and Groups
Great for families,
senior and scout groups,
and more

Check back August 2017 to learn how to download your free ticket.

General Pricing: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children (6-12), children 5 years old and younger will be admitted for FREE.
Enter the Fairgrounds via the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd entrance. Parking is $6 per car. RV or Bus is $12. Cash only.

Day's Festivities

Currently we are planning our next Museum Day event. See what happened during our last Museum Day event below.

 2016 Activities

During Museum Day Live, visitors can tour historic buildings and grounds that represent home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century.  See our model train display, sample sugar cane syrup, meet a 19th century Florida cow hunter and help with the everyday chores like churning butter and cleaning laundry with an old-fashioned washboard.

$2 Dip a Beeswax Candle
$2 Twist a Rope

2016 Entertainment

Trail Dogs Bluegrass Band on Center Stage

2016 Crafts and Demonstrations

Honey and beekeeping demonstrations

Wood carving

Pine needle basket weaving

Whip making

2016 Food

Sandwiches, Chips, & Drinks available for purchase.


  • I will always remember...how much fun we had making a doll.
  • The friendliness of people and the wealth of information!
  • We loved jumping in the sacks and making rope.
  • Hands on! Great people at exhibits very informative.  Learned a lot Kids enjoyed!
  • Enjoyed the atmosphere of a simpler, slower, quieter country Florida.
  • The butter, the guests and docents made the experience great.
  • I will always remember watching my kids do REAL manual labor (tilling the soil).
  • Taking us back in time, my daughter got to see a glimpse of history.
  • I will always remember the Rail Road Depot and men who were there, they knew their stuff.
  • I will always remember the time with my children/seeing how things used to be : )
  • My kids were so shocked at how people used to live!

Pets are not allowed in Cracker Country.  Service animals are allowed, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals approved as part of an exhibition. Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.   Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

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