The charming Anna Maria Island Historical Museum was originally built in 1920 as an ice house. It now is home to rare, old photographs, maps, records from the early 1900s, newspaper clippings, period outfits, jewelry, and videos from times past.
Recently, a library was created where people may peruse archival records as well as beautifully bound copies of the original Islander newspaper dating from 1954 to 1990. Displays of period clothing and items of interest are presented on pedestals and in glass enclosed cases. A restaurant themed vignette includes many menus of businesses past and present. The walls to the rear of the museum tell "fish tales" from long ago and host a salute to the veterans of World War I and II. Several of the cases offer displays that are changed regularly to bring fresh interest to your visit. Docents trained in our history are available to answer your questions. A visit to the Anna Maria Historical Park is a memorable trip down Island history lane.