The Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum: A Place To Learn, A Place To Remember

The Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum: A Place To Learn, A Place To Remember

Florida is rich in Native American culture and history, and there’s no better place to learn about the Seminole Indian tribe than the Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum.

 

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum

The Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum is a designated Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and is home to over 180,000 unique artifacts and archival items. It is located in the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in South Florida and is close to Billie Swamp Safari. Inside, visitors will learn a lot about the people that make up the Seminole Tribe.

 

Ah Tah Tho Ki Museum

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum

 

What does “Ak Tah Thi Ki” mean?

Ak Tah Thi Ki means “a place to learn, a place to remember” in the Seminole language. The mission of the museum is to celebrate and preserve the history of the Seminoles, so it’s a fitting name.

 

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum Admission

The museum is open every day from 9am to 5pm, excluding certain holidays. Below are their admission prices:

 

  • – Adult (ages 19-54): $10.00
  • – Senior (55+): $7.50
  • – Students (18 and under, or with a college ID): $7.50
  • – Military: $7.50
  • – Family (2 Adults and Up To 4 Children Ages 5-18): $30.00
  • – Children 4 and Under: Free
  • – Seminole Tribe Member: Free
  • – Other Tribe With ID: Free

 

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum Exhibits

Upon entering the museum, we were greeted and shown to a small theater. We watched a 15 minute video called “We Seminoles” that told the history of the Seminoles and why the museum was created. Then we walked around the various exhibits that they have. They have permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits that reflect different topics and contemporary Seminole life.

 

Exhibits at the Ah Tah Tho Ki Museum reflect various aspects of the Seminole culture

Exhibits reflect various aspects of the Seminole culture.

 

We learned about the Catfish Dance which is done during the annual Green Corn Ceremony, and about how the Seminoles hunted, cooked, and married. We especially enjoyed the exhibits displaying intricate patchwork skirts and dolls.

 

Displays show Seminole way of life at the Ah Tah Tho Ki Museum

Displays show Seminole way of life

Intricate patchwork skirts at the Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum

Intricate patchwork skirts

Seminole dolls at the Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum

Seminole dolls

 

 

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum Boardwalk

Another really cool thing about the museum is the raised boardwalk they have behind the main building. It is just over a mile long and winds through a natural cypress dome (and it’s all wheel chair accessible!). Along the boardwalk are signs with information on various local plant and animal species.

 

Visitors can also stop to see a recreated Seminole Village and traditional Ceremonial Grounds. Additionally, there are plenty of places to stop and rest and take in the natural beauty of the cypress dome.

 

Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum boardwalk

Raised boardwalk

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum

Cypress trees

We loved seeing the natural surroundings from the boardwalk at the Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum

We loved seeing the natural surroundings from the boardwalk

Taking it all in at the Ah-Tah-Tho-Ki Museum

Taking it all in…

 

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum Events

There are often events held at the Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum. Visitors can see dances, hear music, or learn about Seminole crafts. We suggest visiting their website to see upcoming events and programs.

 

Final Thoughts On Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum

The Seminoles played an integral part in Florida history. I’m glad the Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum is preserving the customs and traditions of the Seminole Tribe, so that everyone can learn the rich history of these amazing people.

 

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Florida is rich in Native American culture and history, and there's no better place to learn about the Seminole Indian tribe than the Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum.

**A big thank you to Melissa and Florida Seminole Tourism for hosting us. As always, all opinions are our own.**

 

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