Posted by Jeff Stolbom in art, Downtown District, Family, Historical, Museum, photography, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, tours | 0 comments
The Heritage Museum is situated in Craig Park on beautiful Spring Bayou. This beautifully renovated facility, formerly a library, has two separate wings. The History Wing traces the development of Tarpon Springs from prehistoric times to the Second World War. It features a vintage photography exhibit of the city, a native American presentation and a sponge diving film and display. The film is shown on demand and is 16 minutes in length.
The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs
A permanent interactive exhibit, “The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs” explores the history and culture of the Greek community, including domestic traditions, food, ways, religion, and celebrations. It also includes a special focus on the sponge industry and other maritime traditions, as well as music and dance. A Greek Arts Kiosk features examples of music, video and photos of local and Greek traditions and festivals. Tour groups will enjoy exploring the exhibit and talks by local experts can be arranged in advance.
The ecology wing features the large-scale murals of Tarpon Springs artist Christopher Still. The murals are fine giclee reproductions of the series that hangs in the chambers of Florida House of Representatives, and tell the story of the state’s vivid history. Each of the murals contains many symbolic elements that introduce the people and events that shaped Florida’s history from 16th century European discovery to modern times.
The Heritage Museum is located at the heart of Tarpon Springs, in shady Craig Park overlooking Spring Bayou. The serene waters of the Bayou attracted the town’s very first settlers, and many wealthy northerners of the late 19th century later built their winter homes on this “Golden Crescent.” Still very much a town landmark, the bayou is the site of the annual Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration and cross-diving ceremony, and the winter home of numerous manatees.
Chamber music concerts and lectures are held at the Heritage Museum, and it is also available for rental for weddings and special functions.
HOURS AND ADMISSION
Wednesday and Friday 11 am-4 pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults, children are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. TarponArts members are always admitted free.
Schools and other groups are entitled to group rates (school children $1, other groups of 10 or more $2). Chaperones are admitted free with 10 paying guests.
Directions to Heritage Museum
From U.S. 19, go west on Tarpon Avenue to the end of the street at Spring Boulevard. Make a left and an immediate right around Craig Park. The Museum is the first building on the right.
Parking at Heritage Museum
Parking is free at the Heritage Museum. There is both street parking and a parking lot behind the building. The main entrance is ADA accessible.
Visit TarponArts.org for more information.
Photos and text courtesy of Tarpon Arts.
Posted by Jeff Stolbom in Amusement, Boat Cruises, Dining, Downtown District, Events, Florida, Food, Shopping, Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, Things To Do, Wine | 0 comments
Expect The Unexpected In Tarpon Springs!
A visit to the World Famous Sponge Docks will transport you to a charming Grecian fishing village and working waterfront, with many eclectic, independent shops, restaurants and bakeries that sprinkle the streets. One can't help but fall in love with the small town where both Greek and Floridian histories blend together to create an intoxicating cornucopia for the senses.
While at the Sponge Docks, why not BOOK A TOUR with a Tarpon Springs native...
Since the first Greek settlers arrived in Tarpon Springs in the early 1900s, the district has thrived as a cultural haven where generations have planted roots that sprouted into what has now become a prime Florida destination.
The historic community of Downtown Tarpon Springs and SURROUNDING AREA is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also an All American City Finalist.
The Pinellas Trail runs right through the Downtown District and links to the Splash Park, Dog Park and Sponge Docks area.
For locals living in the surrounding cities, Downtown Tarpon Springs serves as a quintessential and convenient escape from the norm. The myriad of mom-and-pop retail stores, boutiques, restaurants, brewery, winery and taverns in this district help create an ideal setting to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful climate, sample culinary treasures or enjoy a savory meal, shop for a new outfit or stylish home décor, take in the picturesque scenery and much more. The district has so much to see and do that every visit is a fresh, invigorating experience.
Visitors with a knack for marine life can take a short walk from the Downtown District and head to Spring Bayou and Craig Park to see Alma, a famous six-foot-four-inch striking bronze mermaid sculpture. During the winter months, manatees become the local favorite as they grace Spring Bayou in search of warmer waters.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, shops, restaurants and working waterfront, what else can you expect in Tarpon Springs? A good celebration! It's no wonder the eclectic seaside community attracts thousands of visitors: in addition to its vibrant "Shop Local" initiative, the district hosts monthly festivals and events that include the Fine Art Festival, Seafood Festival, Night In The Islands, Snow Place Like Tarpon Avenue and an Antique Car Show.
For more information about the unique shops, restaurants, bakeries, taverns, breweries, tours, cruises, events, and more, visit TarponSpringsFloridaUSA.com.
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Expect The Unexpected In Tarpon Springs!