Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum: A Different Kind Of Museum

Florida’s Tallahassee Museum is a different kind of museum! It offers visitors a chance to learn about Northern Florida, but with a focus on the area’s natural environment.


The Tallahassee Museum, also known by locals as the Junior Museum, was established in 1957. Since then, it has grown exponentially! Anyone looking for something fun to do in Tallahassee will have an awesome time zipping through the museum’s Tree to Tree Adventures courses, learning from it’s many exhibits, and exploring it’s natural trails.


Tree to Tree Adventures

Our favorite part of the Tallahassee Museum was, without a doubt, the ziplining and obstacle course. There are three different obstacle courses with over 19 ziplines and 70 obstacles. As you go through the courses, you get to swing on ropes, cross log bridges, climb ladders, and soar on a bunch of ziplines, the tallest being over 60 feet above the ground! And of course, safety is a priority. Expert guides teach you how to clip your harness and carabiners and take you through a mini training course before you can start on the main courses.


Tallahassee Museum
My guide showing me how to properly zip 🙂

Tallahassee Museum ziplining

ziplining at Tallahassee Museum


Pro Tip: If you’re hungry after your time at the museum, check out these Fun Places To Eat In Tallahassee.


Jim Gary’s 20th Century Dinosaurs Trail

World famous sculptor Jim Gary is best known for his large sculptures of dinosaurs made up of discarded automobile parts. After years of traveling to museums and universities around the world, these dinosaurs made the Tallahassee Museum their permanent home in 2011. We really enjoyed walking the dinosaur trail and being on the lookout for the 21 different pieces.


dinosaurs at Tallahassee Museum


Big Bend Farm

Visitors can experience what it was like to live on a 19th century farm! We got to see all kinds of animals and a garden with all types of vegetables. They also had farm buildings that you could walk through to see things like old tools and cooking appliances.


Big Bend Farm Tallahassee Museum


Nature Trails and Native Wildlife

When you’re ready for some quiet time and to really appreciate Florida’s natural beauty, head over to the area designated as Natural Florida. Visitors can walk along a half-mile nature trail loop and enjoy giant oak and cypress trees that just take your breath away. To see some of the animals that are native to this region, visitors should head over to Wildlife Florida. There are wolves, foxes, otters, deer, gators, and the rare Florida panther. FYI, there’s also an albino squirrel that loves to scurry around and jump from tree to tree. That little sucker scared the bejeezus out of me a few times!


Nature Trails and Native Wildlife Tallahassee Museum

Nature Trails and Native Wildlife Tallahassee Museum

otters, fox, florida panther at Tallahassee Museum


A few tips for visiting the Tallahassee Museum:

  • – Try to visit the museum in the morning, especially if you plan on doing the zipline courses. You’ll be using up a lot of energy and you will get hot, even under the tree cover.
  • – Wear closed toe shoes. They are a requirement to do the zipline course but also practical to go walking along all of the trails on the property.
  • – Have plenty of water. There are water jugs along the zip-line course in case you need to refill your water bottle. Also, there is a small cafe should you feel the need to snack on something.
  • – Wear sunblock and bug repellent. Remember, you’re outside and in Florida!


This 52-acre outdoor museum is sure to excite people of all ages. With their focus on the area’s natural environment, it’s a fun and different kind of experience in Florida’s capital.


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Florida's Tallahassee Museum is a different kind of museum! Visitors can zipline and learn about Northern Florida's natural environment.

**A big thank you to Tallahassee Museum and Visit Tallahassee. We were offered a complimentary tour, but as always, all opinions are our own.**


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  1. This is not what I expected to see, but I think its wonderful to enjoy nature, history and some cool adventure sports all in one space, and the cool dinosaurs are a nice bonus!

  2. This looks like an amazing place to explore! I love it! Adding ziplining and a dinosaur trail to a museum definitely make it a lot more fun and appealing. It feels more like a huge park or nature reserve than a typical museum.

    1. Exactly! That’s why we loved it so much; it’s a great and fun way to learn about the natural environment in the area. 🙂

  3. This is indeed a different kind of museum. Would love to visit the place and spend a day there. Seems to have the promise of a great and interesting time.

  4. Looks like such a fun place, for all ages. I’d love the zip lines. Glad you had fun!

  5. Very instructive museum. I’d definitely like to visit it with my family. It seems particularly educational for the younger generation. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve never heard about it so far.

  6. This is the kind of museum I would love….outdoors and with plenty to do as well as check out what’s on display. The ability to just head out into the nature reserve and walk is an added feature.

    1. Hi Kerri! There really is so much to do at the Tallahassee Museum! It’s an awesome place.

  7. I kept thinking oh I would love that as I read through everything you did! I thought I would find a favorite but instead I liked all of it! Definitely adding this to our bucket list for next time we are in Florida!

    1. Awesome Bryanna! I think you’ll have a great time!

  8. A living museum where you can go zip-lining is our kind of place! Buddy must have been in his element.

  9. Oh, this looks like fun. I can see that adults and kids can enjoy the visit there <3

  10. This is a very unique museum! My niece and nephew would absolutely love to visit and do all of the activities.

    1. I’m sure they would Mindi! It’s a lot of fun!

  11. So many different activities. The zip line sounds really exciting. I am also very interested in the Dinosaurs Trail. Your photos of some of the pieces got me very excited. Definitely something I would love to experience. Nature Trails and Native Wildlife is also a good addition to Tallahassee Museum. Totally agree with you, it is really different.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post Simon! 🙂 Hope you’re able to make it one day!

  12. I love zip-lining, but last time I did it I was a bit sore the day after. Anyway, it’s fun to try it 🙂

    1. Oh definitely Monika! I think it’s worth it lol

  13. Looks like a fun museum. I met with them at Travel Media Showcase and learned a lot of things Tallahassee offers.

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