Destin, Florida: Museum of the Sea and Indian (Gone)

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Destroyed in 1995.
Status:
Gone

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Museum of the Sea and Indian Returned to the Sea

The Museum of the Sea and Indian is no longer here. It was destroyed in Hurricane Opal in 1995. I live here, so remember most of what was in it disappeared in the storm.

[Leota J. Hosler, 04/01/2005]
Museum of the Sea & Indian - Vague Recollections

I have made several rewarding trips to Museum of the Sea and Indian on Hwy. 98 in Destin. I can't verify that it's still there, because my last visit was in 1992.

MOSI contained numerous Indian artifacts from various tribes, and also a lot of shells, embalmed sea creatures, and assorted oddities. Dazed visitors could roam the un-air-conditioned sheds, carrying a tape player that played warbly narration, and peer through the filmy glass at dusty displays labeled with crude typed labels.

Out back there was a "haunted house" -- a small, rotting wooden structure with uneven floor. A few placards with holes for faces and painted with Indian headdresses gave visitors fun, goofy photo ops.

After the attractions were thoroughly explored, the gift shop gave souvenir hunters a chance to buy cheap cowrie shells, sharks' teeth, dried sea urchins, rubber-headed tom-toms, cheesy toy tomahawks, leather sandals, pencilcase kits, peace pipes, faded post cards, etc.

I went there three or four times with my son and nieces, and each visit was marvelous.

[Tom Campbell, 03/04/1999]
Museum of the Sea & Indian - Vague Recollections

Museum of the Sea & Indian: This is a place I visited in 1993, and is located a little east of Destin, Florida. It has been there for many years, and was for sale by its tired-looking owner at that time. Some features: Many dusty dioramas with mounted animals, free-roaming flocks of peafowl ( most of the displays are open to the outdoors), a pitch-dark dilapidated maze of undetermined purpose, Indian artifacts of all kinds, a tumble-down zoo with enough empty cages to make you vaguely apprehensive, and a huge, ill-tempered alligator in a much-too-small concrete pool. All of these things are wonderful in a way that only those who grew up in the Fifties can understand -- simple, low-tech, and real. I hope that a buyer was found who appreciated and preserved this little shrine.

[James Wiley, 09/03/1998]

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