50th Anniversary to the Indian Temple Mound Museum
This museum was founded in 1961
by William and Yulee Lazarus. It is owned and operated by the City of Fort Walton Beach and was the first municipally owned
museum in Florida. It is located adjacent to a prehistoric temple mound of the Mississippian cultural tradition. The mound
is a National Historic Landmark.
The museum houses a collection of over 4,000 objects of stone, bone, shell and
clay made by prehistoric Indians as well as collections from the early explorers and settlers in the area.The exhibits interpret
the lives of people living in this part of Florida during the past 12,000 years. Artifacts from the Paleolithic, Archaic,
Woodland and Mississippian time periods highlight the exhibits.
A research library is open to the public during
museum hours. A gift shop offers goods that reflect on the collections of the museum, with books, jewelry, music CD's,
children's items and many other unique treasures.
Winter Hours of Sept - May: M-F 12:00 - 4:30 pm Sat 10:00
am - 4:30 pm Summer Hours of June - August: M-Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm