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Museums

Considering Brevard County’s claims to fame as the birthplace of America’s space program and the East Coast surfing capital of the country, as well as its other notable achievements and rich history, it’s no wonder that many prestigious museums are sprinkled throughout the county. Here’s where to get your fill of local history.

 

NORTH:

  • Harry T. and Harriette V. Memorial Park and Conference Center located on the property of the original Moore family home site in Mims features Brevard County’s civil rights heritage. The Moores were leading national activists who were murdered on Christmas night in 1951 for their involvement in the civil rights movement.
  • U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame showcases a rare collection of artifacts and the famous astronauts who first ventured into the frontiers of space. Part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, admission to the Hall of Fame is included with general admission.
  • U.S. Space Walk of Fame, located in downtown Titusville, features space exhibits with special emphasis on the workers associated with the space program.
  • Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of U.S. space ventures, highlighting the Air Force as a major participant in America’s space program.
  • Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville houses exhibits, displays, artifacts and vintage warbird aircraft from World War I through the present.
  • American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville was founded in 1960 as the nation’s first facility of this kind, honoring all federal, state, county and local police officers. The museum is home to more than 10,000 artifacts, simulators, interactive displays and an indoor gun range.
  • North Brevard Historical Museum offers photographs, records, clothing and artifacts preserving the history of North Brevard.

NORTH CENTRAL:

  • Eastern Florida State College Planetarium & Observatory in Cocoa features exhibit halls housing hands-on science and historical facts from human spaceflight. A 70-foot domed planetarium theater reproduces the starry sky using a first-of-its-kind dual projection system combining Minolta Infinium and Digistar star projectors. Its rooftop observatory features one of the largest telescopes in Florida to view the real night sky.
  • Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science in Cocoa encourages visitors to learn about history, science and culture, with an emphasis on Brevard County and East Central Florida.
  • Cocoa Beach Surf Company is home to the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, dedicated to the history of East Coast surfing and those responsible for its development and growth.

SOUTH CENTRAL:

  • Liberty Bell Memorial Museum in Melbourne showcases an exact, uncracked replica of the Liberty Bell. Operated by Honor America Inc., the museum is just one of the organization’s projects promoting the honor and respect of the American flag.
  • Historic Rossetter House Museum & Gardens, located on Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District, is compromised of the 1908 Rossetter House and Gardens, the 1892 Roesch House and the 1865 Houston Cemetery. The Rossetter House Museum is home to a collection of antiques. Historical tours are conducted daily and ghost tours take place the first Friday of every month.

SOUTH:

  • Grant Historical House, built in 1916, belonged to Clara Christensen Bensen who arrived by riverboat from Jacksonville. In 1984, the family donated Grant’s first home to the Grant Historical Society which developed plans to insure the preservation its history.
  • McLarty Treasure Museum is located at the south end of Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach and features treasures and artifacts of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet. Meanwhile, Sebastian Fishing Museum honors the early fishermen of the Indian River Lagoon.