Anna Maria Island Historical Society, Anna Maria
(4.6/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
A visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Complex is a trip back into Florida history. The Island has a vast and rich history beginning with its earliest times as an Indian fishing camp, to the arrival of the Spanish in 1530, to the Island’s first homesteader George Emerson Bean in 1893 and his son Wilhelm’s development of the first tract of land along with “Fig Newton” inventor Charles Roser.

The Anna Maria Island Historical Society’s [AMIHS] beautifully restored complex interprets the Island’s history through its museum, City Jail, Belle Haven [cracker] Cottage and the Mangrove Walk’s indigenous garden.
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  • A definite stop while on AMI. Loaded with the history and prehistory of the island and the coolest old stuff and pictures. If you took the time you could learn a lot about the island history. I wasn't...  more »
  • A very interesting and quaint museum on Anna Maria island. Good illustration of the recent and distant past going back to Spanish arrical c16 and the indiginous native tribes. Very interesting collect...  more »
  • Very small & limited places to park but good place to get to know history on the island! It was a cute little place. 
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  • interesting facts about the island I never knew about such as the house that fell into the Tampa Bay or the jail in the back
  • Its a small stop to take pictures its was great for the moment
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