exterior shot of Dunedin Historical Museum formerly a train depot

4 Dunedin Museums Worth Visiting

Rainy days don’t have to be a total wash! When staying at Beso Del Sol in delightful Dunedin, chances are good you’ll be enjoying sun, sand and surf. But if you’re traveling off-season or just get a day or two of uncooperative weather, museums can be a great way to spend the day.

Dunedin Historical Society and Museum
Named the 2013 and 2014 Best Historical Museum in the Tampa Bay Area by Tampa Bay Magazine, the Dunedin Historical Society and Museum is home to approximately 2,000 artifacts, 2,500 photographs and a library containing 200 volumes of local  and Florida state history. Permanent exhibits on the railroad and citrus industry, sports history of Dunedin, and even the development of the “alligator tank” used by the U.S. Marines in WWII are always available.

Speaking of sports history, the Dunedin Historical Society also sponsors Living History programs, including the Pinellas Vintage Base Ball League, where reenactors play by the rules, wear reproduction uniforms, and use equipment from baseball players in the 1890’s. The league is up to four teams which include the Dunedin Railers, Largo Crackers, Tampa Tarpons and Bradenton. Games are held monthly and are free for to the public.

Dunedin Fine Arts Center
DFAC is a great place to spend the day, appreciate some art and maybe make some of your own. Exhibitions in the Center’s five galleries feature national, regional and local artists. There are 15 studio classrooms dedicated to classes for students of any age. When you get hungry, you won’t even have to leave the Center. Enjoy a delicious lunch or gourmet coffee in the Palm Café, then peruse the Gallery Gift Shop for souvenirs.

David L. Mason Children’s Museum
Part of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, The David L. Mason Children’s Art Museum rounds out the family experience with an interpretive/interactive gallery space for children and their families to delve into hands-on activities that help kids understand the work of the artists exhibited in the galleries.

National Armed Services and Law Enforcement Memorial Museum
Perhaps the only combined military and police museum in the U.S., The National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum is an educational memorial museum honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or Federal, State and local law enforcement. There’s a lot of fun stuff to see and learn about, including display items like the flintlocks of the Revolutionary War and the electric Gatling gun. Nearly all the small arms used by the United States military are represented in the museum along with law enforcement weapons from major departments and agencies throughout the United States.

Whether you’re a history buff or just want to soak up some interesting indoor fun, museums can be the perfect supplement to your Beso Del Sol vacation.

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Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.