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Carrabelle’s Smithsonian Museum Day

September 17

Smithsonian Museum Day Flyer

Carrabelle’s three museums will open their doors free of charge on Saturday September 17, 2022 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity. This nation-wide celebration honors museums that follow the example of the Smithsonian with free admission. In honor of this day, Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, Carrabelle History Museum, and Crooked River Lighthouse Museum invite you to Carrabelle FL for special activities and exhibits.

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Museum Day shines a spotlight on incredible arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country. This year’s theme, The American Experience, shines a spotlight on wonderful arts, culture, sciences, innovation and history exhibits across the country.

In keeping with this theme, Carrabelle’s three history museums will celebrate The American Experience. Crooked River Lighthouse will feature their Country Market from 9 am-1 pm with local crafts, baked goods and produce followed by a nature walk starting at 1 pm. Local herbalist, Denise Williams, will take visitors for a guided medicinal plant walk around the grounds of the lighthouse during this 30 minute tour. The walk costs $5 and accepts a max of 10 people. Camp Gordon Johnston Museum will offer a scavenger hunt through their collection plus have their vintage military vehicles on display. Carrabelle History Museum will highlight the quirky objects and unique oddities from their collection, like the World’s Smallest Police Station and a 20,000 year old oyster shell.

INFORMATION ON THE MUSEUMS

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum – 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 Motor Pool building displays the museum’s military vehicles on site – WWII DUKW, German Lieferwagen, and WWII Jeep. Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located at 1873 Highway 98 West, directly across from Carrabelle Beach where military troops practiced D-Day beach assaults. Saturday hours 11 am-5 pm. www.campgordonjohnston.com/

Carrabelle History Museum – Features local artifacts and exhibits including Carrabelle’s Native American people, the Steamship “Tarpon”, the original “World’s Smallest Police Station”, Carrabelle industry and culture (seafood, lumber and more) and families from the pioneer days to the present. Carrabelle History Museum is located at 106 SE Avenue B, Carrabelle, FL. Saturday hours 10 am – 5 pm. www.carrabellehistorymuseum.org

Crooked River Lighthouse – The history and the science of the lighthouse are displayed through interesting exhibits, including a historical setting of the early 1900’s, various lighthouse beacons, the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse, plus the lighthouse’s original 1895 Fresnel lens! Also on display are the original Keeper’s House clock, a barometer, an antique glass fire grenade, and more. Crooked River Lighthouse is located at 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle. Saturday hours 9 am-5 pm. www.crookedriverlighthouse.com

Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay