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:  
Hours: The 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".



Museum News

Museum Volunteer Orientation

March 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Do you love history, Destin or fishing? The Destin History & Fishing Museum is looking to add volunteers to help support our growing museum and programming. We will host a volunteer orientation and training event at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Current volunteers are also encouraged to attend to learn about volunteer needs for the upcoming months.

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Florida Archaeology Month Lecture Series

March 25, 2017 - 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Enjoy a series of lectures from Florida archaeologists about their work and findings in the Northwest Florida region.

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Book Signing Event

Historian H.C. "Hank" Klein Book Signing
Destin's Founding Father: The Untold Story of Leonard Destin

February 4, 2017
Destin History & Fishing Museum

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.

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Destin History & Fishing Museum  |  P.O. Box 548  |  Destin, Florida 32541 |  850.837.6611
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