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Tucked away inside Tallahassee's old capitol building, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum aims to educate locals and tourists alike about Florida's political history while preserving one of Tallahassee's most architecturally stunning structures. This grand building sits at the heart of the state capital and is less than 2 miles from Florida State University and Florida A&M University, making it an ideal stop after touring the nearby campuses or roaming around downtown.
Originally built in 1845, right before Florida's entry into the Union as the 27th state, the old capitol was expanded and restored throughout the years to accommodate more state lawmakers. However, once the new capitol opened in 1977, threats of demolition prompted Tallahassee residents to petition to save the historic building. Their efforts paid off, which resulted in the complete restoration of the property and reopening of it as a museum.
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Located between Florida State University and Florida A&M University, Railroad Square Art District serves as an art and entertainment hub in downtown Tallahassee. The area's unique offerings include antique stores and art galleries sandwiched between eclectic businesses like a pinball arcade, an indoor rock climbing gym and a specialty kayak shop. Not to mentions numerous quirky options for food and drinks.
Past travelers suggest taking a few hours to stroll through the various shops, claiming that Railroad Square Art Park offers something for everyone, regardless of age or interests. Black Dog Cafe earns praise from many past visitors for its quaint atmosphere and tasty pastries and coffee. Many agree that the best time to visit this area is the first Friday of the month, when live music is performed and all of the galleries and shops are open.
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Some artifacts in the Museum of Florida History date as far back as 12,000 years ago, but others are more modern, such as the museum's various World War II memorabilia and the collections of flags, uniforms, coins and more.
Plan to budget plenty of time to wander around this downtown museum. Recent visitors recommended at least three hours to thoroughly enjoy each of the museum's three permanent exhibits and numerous additional traveling exhibits.
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The Knott House Museum has a historic distinction. On May 20, 1865, Brig. Gen. Edward McCook read the Emancipation Proclamation on the steps of this home (which served as the temporary headquarters of the Union Army). This day marked the newfound freedom of Florida Panhandle's slaves, an important day in state history. The home's ownership eventually passed from state physicians to Florida Supreme Court judges until it was acquired by its namesake, politician William Knott, and his wife, Luella, in 1928. During tours you'll see this Park Avenue property much as the Knotts left it and learn all about the home's significance in Florida Panhandle and Civil War history.
Recent visitors said that touring the museum during Emancipation Week in May is a must. During the reenactment, museum staff walk visitors through the events that took place during the famous Emancipation Proclamation reading. According to museum tour guides and some visitors, a ghost is also believed to inhabit the property, adding a unique twist to this Tallahassee institution.
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