Street Address
4415 119th Street West
Cortez, FL 34215
Mailing Address
PO Box 100
Cortez, FL 34215
Tuesday - Saturday9 AM - 4 PM

Free. Donations Accepted.
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Amara Nash, Supervisor


All of human history can be traced back to water. Come explore Florida's rich maritime heritage from pre-Columbian settlements to the modern era. FMM is nestled in a beautiful 1912 schoolhouse on almost 4 acres of land in the historic fishing village of Cortez.


Our mission is to preserve and share Florida's maritime heritage.


The Cortez Schoolhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Cortez Historic District, designated in 1995. Cortez Village retains the original charm and sense of community that has sustained the village for almost 150 years.

Educational Programs

  • School and Group Tours: We have a limitied ability to accomodate large groups. However, tours of the museum, grounds and the Village of Cortez are available by appointment. For more information, call the museum at (941) 708-6120
  • Music on the Porch: In celebration of the Cortez Grand Ole Opry and the rich musical heritage in Cortez, FMM hosts monthly Music on the Porch events. We feature a number of diverse musicians. Guests are invited to come listen to the music, or bring instruments and join in! When the weather is nice, this event takes place on the porch of the historic Burton Store, but it moves inside during the summer months. This free event is held on the second Saturday of each month between noon and 4pm. Additionally, Kids activities and food are available October-May.
  • Boatbuilding Programs: The driving purpose behind the family/community boat building program at the Florida Maritime Museum is not to build heirloom small craft, but to inspire confidence, build skills, and get people out on the water. Most importanly, this program makes boating accessible to families and community members. The two main boats are the "Puddle Duck Racer" and "Skin on Frame" Kayaks.


Wheelchair Accessible




Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours