Halifax Historical Museum
Take in all the local history you can handle with one visit to the Halifax Historical Museum, the premier history museum covering all things Daytona Beach! This museum covers a time span from 5,000 BC to present day, the museum beginning this daunting task when first setting up shop here in 1986. The building itself is a member of the National Register of Historic Places, it being the former 1910 Merchant’s Bank of Daytona Beach. This bank was the predominantly used one in the area and sported the same 2-story walls and stained glass windows you’ll see today.
Inside the museum, you will find exhibits, photographs, and various lifestyle items such as homewares all represented within a neoclassical setting. The permanent exhibits here tell the history of the great Daytona Beach area and Halifax County, some of the subjects represented being the Timucuans (local Native American tribe), Spanish and British Colonial Era, Early Pioneers, Beach Road Racing, WWI and WWII, and Jackie Robinson. The wide variety of subjects within will certainly shed light onto why this is considered to be one of the ‘best-kept secrets’ in north central Florida. Be sure to save time to watch the 20-minute movie presentation on an astounding 130,000 years of local history, as well as visit the onsite research facility for more in depth historical information via documents, directories, postcards, or photographs.
As the board states, ‘the museum is warm and inviting and the collection is astounding’, so what are you waiting for?