Carrabelle museums free on Saturday

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Carrabelle's three museums will open their doors free of charge this  Saturday Sept. 18 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity.

This celebration honors museums that follow the example of the Smithsonian. In honor of this day, Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum, Carrabelle History Museum, and Crooked River Lighthouse Museum will have special activities and exhibits.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country's diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way.

While admission will be free of charge, the museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum,  at 1873 Highway 98 West, directly across from Carrabelle Beach where military troops practiced D-Day beach assaults, 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 newly constructed Motor Pool building now displays the museum’s military vehicles on site – WWII DUKW, German Lieferwagen, and WWII Jeep. Saturday hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Carrabelle History Museum, at 106 SE Avenue B,  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. Saturday the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with live music by Florida folk musician  Frank Lindamood, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crooked River Lighthouse, at 1975 Hwy 98 West, features the history and science of the lighthouse  through exhibits that include a historical setting of the early 1900s, examples of lighthouse beacons, and methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse, plus the lighthouse’s original 1895 Fresnel lens from Paris, France. Also on display are the original Keeper’s House clock, a barometer, an antique glass fire grenade, and more. Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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