Seminole Museum Brings Traditions to Life

Set amid verdant fields in the Everglades, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum provides a brilliant backdrop to explore the traditions of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

This fall, the museum will showcase “Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits,” an exhibit that features artwork from five different museums. Examine more than a century’s worth of portraits of tribal leaders by renowned artists such as George Catlin.

Located on the Big Cypress Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum is just an hour in any direction from most cities in Broward, Dade, Collier and Hendry counties.

“Seminole Portraits”

Throughout the year, the museum hosts an array of exhibits in its 5,000-square-foot gallery. Each display sheds light on the history of the Seminole Indians.

From Sept. 1 through Nov. 4, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will present “Reflections Across Time: Seminoles Portraits.” The temporary exhibit, presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, examines Seminole leaders throughout history.

View more than 150 years’ worth of portraits of Seminole leaders by noted artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Curtis. You can also see traditional regalia attributed to Osceola and other prominent Seminoles.

The exhibit also includes artwork from the two host museums, as well as items from the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Art and the National Gallery of Art.

Educational Adventure

In all, the museum is home to more than 20,000 artifacts. Check out permanent exhibits such as lifelike dioramas that detail camp life and ceremonies, or further immerse yourself in Seminole history at the Interactive Legends Theater, which resembles a high-tech chickee hut. The five-screen theater shows We Seminoles, a film that tells the complete story of the tribe, including its dramatic struggle to remain in Florida.

Continue your educational journey outdoors by exploring the area’s natural splendor. Nature trails will take you throughout the beautiful, 66-acre cypress dome.

Stroll the one-mile boardwalk, tour the recreated ceremonial groups and admire various chickees. Enjoy an arts and crafts workshop in the amphitheater, or check out the Living Village, which recreates a Seminole camp.

As a participating member of Blue Star Museums, the museum is offering free admission from now until Labor Day to all active and retired military personnel and up to four members of their families.
In addition, the museum is also waiving admission fees during the entire month of August in celebration of its 15th anniversary.

Whether you visit this summer or in the fall, a trip to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will transport you back in time.

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