Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street is made available to Florida in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibition Service.

What is Museum on Main Street

The Smithsonian is coming to town! Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. The program brings high-quality traveling exhibits to small and underserved communities across the state. This comprehensive program provides access to a network of state scholars, programmatic funding, and a wide variety of capacity-building opportunities.

MoMS provides an opportunity for organizations to tell their community’s story in relation to the exhibit’s theme. Whether the focus is sports, water, or rural life, a Museum on Main Street exhibit is an opportunity to share unique stories of each participating community.

Current Exhibitions:

Crossroads in America

Many Americans assume that rural communities are endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from out migration, ailing schools, and overused land. But that perception is far from true in many areas. Many rural Americans work hard to sustain their communities. All Americans benefit from rural America’s successes. We can learn great things from listening to those stories. There is much more to the story of rural America!

9/8/18 – 10/20/18
Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce
Exhibit Venue: Cedar Key Public Library
450 2nd Street
Cedar Key, FL 32625

10/27/18 – 12/8/18
West Nassau Historical Society
45383 Dixie Avenue
Callahan, FL 32011

12/15/18 – 1/26/19
Suwannee River Regional Library System
1848 Ohio Avenue South
Live Oak, FL 32064

2/2/19 – 3/16/19
Polk County History Center
100 East Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830

3/23/19 – 5/4/19
Havana History & Heritage Society
93 Sandy Creek Road
Havana, FL 32333

5/11/19 – 6/22/19
Main Street DeFuniak Springs
770 Baldwin Avenue
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

Hometown Teams

The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.

3/16/19 to 4/2719
New Port Richey
6345 Grand Boulevard.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

5/4/19 to 6/15/19
Miami Dade College – North Campus
William Pawley Arts Center
North Gallery, Room 5107
11380 N.W. 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167

6/22/19 to 8/3/19
Leesburg Public Library
100 East Main Street
Leesburg , FL 34748

8/10/19 to 9/21/19
Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center
1101 East River Cove Street
Tampa, Florida 33604

9/28/19 to 11/9/19
Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center
800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601

11/16/19 to 12/28/19
Main Street Milton
5256 Alabama Street
Milton, Florida 32570

Future Exhibit Opportunities:

Interested in hosting a Museum on Main Street tour? Contact our staff or sign up for e-news to learn about the latest opportunities.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America
Coming to Florida August, 2020. Application available Fall of 2019.
Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred. Learn more about the Crossroads exhibition.

Coming to Florida June 2021. Application available Summer of 2020.
The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water–an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically. Water also plays a practical role in American society. The availability of water affected settlement and migration patterns. In societies across the globe, water serves as a source of peace and contemplation and many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Learn more about the Water Ways exhibition.