Carrabelle’s three museums will open their
doors free of charge this Saturday Sept. 18 as part of Smithsonian magazines 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of
This celebration honors museums that follow the
example of the Smithsonian. In honor of this day, Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum, Carrabelle History Museum, and Crooked River Lighthouse Museum will
have special activities and exhibits.
With many public spaces
being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of
museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This years theme,
Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s
diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way.
While admission will
be free of charge, the museums will have safety precautions in place for this
years event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.
Johnston WWII Museum, at 1873 Highway 98 West, directly across from Carrabelle Beach where military troops practiced D-Day beach assaults, honors the
military men and women as well as civilian personnel who trained and worked in
Carrabelle and Franklin County during 1942 through 1946. The museum houses
numerous displays of military artifacts, photos and memorabilia of many types. Plus
the newly constructed Motor Pool building now displays the museums military
vehicles on site WWII DUKW, German Lieferwagen, and WWII Jeep. Saturday
hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
History Museum, at 106 SE Avenue B, features
local artifacts and exhibits including Carrabelle’s Native American people, the
Steamship Tarpon, the original Worlds Smallest Police Station, Carrabelle
industry and culture (seafood, lumber and more) and families from the pioneer
days to the present. Saturday the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music by Florida folk musician Frank Lindamood, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lighthouse, at 1975 Hwy 98 West, features the history
and science of the lighthouse through exhibits that include a historical setting of the early 1900s, examples of lighthouse beacons, and methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse,
plus the lighthouses original 1895 Fresnel lens from Paris, France. Also on
display are the original Keepers House clock, a barometer, an antique glass
fire grenade, and more. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.