Last updated: 6/21/2022
Cortez, Florida
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
Jennie Laforge, Registrar and Collections Specialist
Tori Chasey, Supervisor
Carla Favorite, Visitor Services Coordinator

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.

Artifact Collections

FMM is host to a number of engaging exhibits, including the beautiful and expansive “Blake Banks” shell collection, scale boat models, and a wide variety of maritime artifacts.

Research Collections

FMM is home to a small library of books on maritime topics that range from tales of old Florida to boat building and design. In addition to books, FMM houses a collection of boat plans, nautical charts and other archival materials that are available for scholarly research.

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. Call (941) 708-6120 for more info.
  • Music on the Porch: In celebration of the Cortez Grand Ole Opry and the rich musical heritage in Cortez, FMM hosts a Music on the Porch Jam Session on the second Saturday of each month from 2 - 5 pm .
  • Lectures: FMM offers free lecture series at the museum on a variety of educational topics.
  • Classes: FMM offers a variety of skill-building classes, to inspire confidence, and build interest in maritime skills.

Wheelchair Accessible




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