The Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - July 9, 2013 - Mastodon skeletons, Spanish gold, Seminole artifacts and skillful art demonstrations await Tallahassee residents as the Leon County Division of Tourism
Development (Visit Tallahassee) continues its award winning T.O.U.R. (Tourism Is Our Ultimate Resource) Guide Campaign on Saturday, July 20, featuring the Museum of Florida History and
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts.
The Museum of Florida History, the state's official history museum, focuses on eras unique to the growth and development of the state through more than 40,000 artifacts and permanent exhibits.
One of the most popular exhibits is Herman, the nine-foot-tall, pre-historic mastodon skeleton, pulled from nearby Wakulla Springs State Park, who stands guard as the museum's official mascot.
Guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. and "Short History of Florida" guidebooks and children's activity books will be provided. With 2013 marking the year-long celebration of Spain's
arrival in Florida 500 years ago, a highlighted exhibit includes, "Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513-1821" featuring a 16th-century Spanish ship display that chronicles the era of Spanish exploration.
The exhibit includes artifacts from Mission San Luis, gold and silver coins, jewelry, porcelain and other period items uncovered from throughout Florida and surrounding waters. The "Seminole People of
Florida: Survival and Success," a temporary exhibit features more than 90 artifacts on display through August 18.
Founded in 1963, the LeMoyne Center for Visual Arts is a fine art gallery and venue for art education. Housed in a restored 1854 antebellum home, Lemoyne features local, regional and national
exhibitions. As a cornerstone for the local arts scene, the Center is also free of charge on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with provided refreshments and a demonstration by pottery instructor, David Ray, from 1 p.m.-3 pm.
This year's final T.O.U.R. Guide free day will be held at Mission San Luis and Maclay Gardens on August 17. By visiting each attraction, locals can collect unique badges to add to their Facebook profiles. Individuals who collect all badges will be recognized as Official Tallahassee Tour Guides at the annual Tourism Industry Event in October.
For more information on the free attraction days and other special offers, visit Tour.VisitTallahassee.com or call (850) 606-2305.