The Key Peninsula Historic Museum


Tyler Schaefer, Community

The Key Peninsula Historical Society and Museum is an incredible place to make any bland and boring day memorable. The museum offers a lot of information and has several interesting artifacts from the beautiful Key Peninsula. Oftentimes these items have a story beside them that helps you see just how and why it exists, telling you where they came from and what they mean to the Key Peninsula. The museum has so much to see at every corner. They cover almost every small town and community on the Key Peninsula, going over the community’s date of establishment and the key events that took place there. The museum also displays maps that help the attendees get a picture of the buildings and where they were located, many have existed for most of the Key Peninsula’s history. 

The Key Peninsula truly has an amazing history that often goes overlooked. Dating back to the late 1800s, the Key Peninsula had to go through many of America’s faulty historical events. One event that became evident was the alcohol ban in the early 1920s, with a few moonshine stills that were hidden and found along with other hints towards the Key Peninsula’s record with the prohibition. The staff at the museum is super friendly and willing to answer many questions about the history of the Key Peninsula. What I found most interesting inside of the museum was the old Key Center traffic light, which is very nostalgic to me and many others. It was there for a very long time but was then switched out for a better traffic flow. Now, this light hangs from the ceiling of the museum and may even be turned on. The museum is open twice a week, usually from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Tuesday and Saturday, for all ages. This museum is truly unique and local, and I highly recommend visiting if you are interested in learning more about the Key Peninsula and how it has gotten to where it is today.