The Destin History & Fishing Museum is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit run by a Board of Directors opening to the public October 1, 2005. The museum is a tourist destination and key historical repository for the Destin area. The exhibits present the history of Destin and journey from a small fishing village to a major tourist attraction.
The museum includes:
5,500 sq. ft. of exhibit space in the main building covering early Indians through development and growth of the village.
Exhibits in the outdoor Museum Historic Park Complex including the historic seine boat "Primrose", mullet boat "Lil Jimmy", seine net reel, and the original Old Post Office as well as the "Footprints in the Sand" memorial walkway.
Over 75 mounts of locally caught fish.
Historic photographs, artifacts, fishing equipment and documents of early Destin and the Fishing industry.
Mike Long Memorial Fish Wall featuring many fish mounts on a mural showcasing the science why the local fishing is so good.
Science of "Why Destin Sand is White".
Historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those that shaped the growth of early Destin.
Destin Fishing Rodeo Gallery featuring "all things" Rodeo in videos, photos and artifacts.
Ways to Experience the Museum:
Scavenger Hunts for the "young" and "young at heart".
Self-guided on your own.
Staff and/or volunteer lead personal tour.
Self-guided tour with MP3 Player and headset.
Personalized tour utilizing QR codes downloaded on your phone.
Group Tours Available:
Student tours available with focus on specific objectives.
Group tours with overview in the Rodeo Gallery, door prizes, and guided tour throughout the museum.
Hours and Admission:
museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission Costs: Adult $5; Seniors & Military $4; Children/Students
(Age 7 Through College) $3; Children under
6 & Members are Free.
Country Music Singer, Kevin Sport's Song "Destin"
Beyond the Music "Destin"
Lisa Blackwell, host and executive producer of Real Good TV, narrates a video on the history of Destin, Florida, that served as the inspiration for Kevin Sport's song, "Destin".
12th Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Results
The Destin History and Fishing Museum held their 12th Annual Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction Saturday, January 27 at the Destin Community Center. This event marked the museum's most successful fundraising event. This event is the museum's main fundraiser. Nearly 625 attended the popular event.
Ticket holders enjoyed a Silent Auction of 154 bid packages, live music by FLASH FLOOD, and gumbo from local contestants. There were fifteen restaurants and thirteen individuals registered in the event.
The competition was very close and the winners were: Individual Category 1st Place: Lori Burkart and Individual Category 2nd Place: William Dale Braddock and Individual Category 3rd Place: Tom Ogle. Judging was equally close in the restaurant division. Restaurant Category 1st Place: Brotula's Seafood House & Steamer and Restaurant Category 2nd Place: Jimmy Buffet's Margaritville and Restaurant Category 3rd Place Grande Vista Bar & Grille. The People's Choice Restaurant Award voted on by the day's gumbo samplers was Dewey y Destin's Bayside. The People's Choice Individual Award voted on by the day's gumbo samplers was Kelly Anderson. The Museum is very thankful to our sponsors Okaloosa County T.D.C., Copy Systems, Pepsi, and Donut Hole for their financial and in-kind donations and most appreciative to all that supported this fundraising event by their donations or participation.
Historian H.C. "Hank" Klein Book Signing
Destin's Founding Father: The Untold Story of Leonard Destin
Destin's Founding Father…The Untold Story of Leonard Destin has just arrived. This book has been five years in the making. Leonard Destin's life, especially before he arrived at East Pass in 1851 has been thoroughly re-searched. He came from a very interesting family of seafarers and we now know what he did for the sixteen years after he left his home in New London, Connecticut, until he actually settled at East Pass, which is today called Destin, Florida.