Carrabelle’s three museums will open their doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity. This nationwide 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 visit Carrabelle to explore 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 a.m. to 1 p.m., with local crafts, baked goods and produce followed by a nature walk starting at 1 p.m. 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.
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 displays of military artifacts, photos and many types of memorabilia. 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 at 1873 Highway 98 W., directly across from Carrabelle Beach, where military troops practiced D-Day beach assaults. Saturday hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.campgordon johnston.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 at 106 SE Avenue B, Carrabelle. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.carrabelle historymuseum.org
Crooked River Lighthouse: The history and the science of the lighthouse are displayed through interesting exhibits, including a historical setting of the early 1900s, 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 at 1975 Highway 98 W. Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.crookedriverlighthouse.com