Museum on Main Street

Questions? Contact:

Patricia Putman
Interim Executive Director
[email protected]
1-727-873-2004

The Smithsonian is Coming to Florida!

Museum on Main Street is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Humanities to bring traveling exhibitions and engaging public programs to small towns across our state. With its impassioned focus on local history, education and community redevelopment, Museum on Main Street is one of the Smithsonian’s most inspirational and enduring outreach programs.

Since 2012, Florida Humanities has provided funding for more than 57 exhibition tours in 33 counties, allowing nearly 200,000 Floridians to experience a Smithsonian Institution exhibition in their own hometown.

Join Florida Humanities in supporting the Water/Ways Museum on Main Street exhibit. For sponsorship information please contact, Patricia Putman, Interim Director, at [email protected].

Our next Museum on Main Street funding opportunity will be in 2023.

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Touring Florida June 2021 - September 2022

The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.

In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the complex character of water – a substance that is seemingly soft and graceful that is yet a powerful and nearly unstoppable force.

Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. Access to water and control of water resources have long been a central part of political and economic planning. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit.

Exhibition Tour Dates

June 26-August 21, 2021
Citrus County Historical Society (Citrus)
August 28-October 23, 2021
Apalachicola Arsenal Museum (Gadsden)
October 30 - December 23, 2021
MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center (St. Lucie)
January 8-February 26, 2022
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (Palm Beach)
March 5-April 30, 2022
Barron Library (Hendry)
May 7-July 2, 2022
Amelia Island Museum of History (Nassau)
July 9-September 3, 2022
African American Cultural Society (Flagler)

“And what can I say about the communities that host our exhibitions? Unbelievable, truly. We’re so humbled by the sense of teamwork, volunteerism, and local pride that comes to fruition at small museums, libraries and community centers. The American spirit is alive and thriving in these towns, and we are honored to inspire it.”

—Carol Harsh, Director, Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program

“And what can I say about the communities that host our exhibitions? Unbelievable, truly. We’re so humbled by the sense of teamwork, volunteerism, and local pride that comes to fruition at small museums, libraries and community centers. The American spirit is alive and thriving in these towns, and we are honored to inspire it.”

—Carol Harsh, Director, Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street program

Museum on Main Street Creating Impact in Florida 2012-2021

$334,000 total federal and state dollars invested by Florida Humanities in local programming

$1.1 million total local funds leveraged to match Florida Humanities support

186,000+ exhibition visitors

60% average attendance increase over the previous year

Less than 20,000 average population size of host communities

57 exhibition tours in 33 counties

Museum on Main Street: Creating Impact in Florida 2012–2021
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