Amelia Island Museum of History

Step back in time and discover 4000 years of life on the water’s edge here on Amelia Island. From the Timucua Native American tribe to Spanish and French explorers, from the lawless spirit of pirates to the dignified air of Victorian-era residents, Amelia Island has been home to diverse cultures that have left an exciting heritage.

Housed in the former Nassau County Jail, we are the first spoken history museum in the state of Florida. We continue our story-telling tradition with a variety of tours that cater to many interests and age levels. Walking Tours and Docent-led Museum Tours are scheduled regularly. Alternate tour times may be arranged for groups of four or more by contacting our Director of Education.

  • Key Details
  • Discounts: Senior, Military
  • Hours of Operation:
  • MON: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • TUE: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • WED: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • THU: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • FRI: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SAT: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SUN: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Meetings at Amelia Island Museum of History

The Amelia Island Museum of History is excited to extend the use of our unique facility for receptions, dinners and lectures. If you or your organization wishes to reserve the Museum’s public areas you may do so by calling 904.261.7378 x.100 to determine availability.

Key Details:
  • Square Footage: 1015
  • Max Attendees: 100


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AIMH’s facility is fully ADA compliant with an elevator, wheelchair ramp, Braille signs, and handicap accessible restrooms.

Baby changing stations were added to all female and male identifying restrooms.

Written text guides for the hearing impaired are available to allow everyone to experience our docent-led tour (given at 11am and 2pm) whether on their own or as part of a group.

For those who may have difficulty walking, AIMH has a wheelchair on site that is available at no charge and in a size that can accommodate some of the narrower doorways associated with a historic building.


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January 12, 2023

Good small museum

This is a good place to spend an hour or so learning the history of the area. It is well laid out and the gift shop has some good books

October 02, 2022

In the historic district of Fernandina Beach.

The old Nassau Co. jail, houses the local history museum. So much history in a small package. Many exhibits view and read. Located in an area with many restaurants and shops.

October 02, 2022

Very informative

Was an Old Jail. Side road off the main st. Centre St. Very informative and interesting if you like history.

August 21, 2022

Clever exhibits

Small museum but very interesting. The exhibits show the history and culture of Amelia island. The presentations and exhibits are interesting, clever and fun! You don’t have to have a connection with Amelia island to see something here that will fascinate you!

June 29, 2022

well done exhibits of those on the Island

A lot of interesting history of the people that lived and live on the Amelia Island. Easy to find and helpful volunteers at the location. Would go again to check out any new exhibits. Great Smithsonian watershed exhibit!!!!!