Opened in 2003, the New Smyrna Museum of History is housed in the old Post Office building at 120 Sams Avenue and serves as a historic resource to both the local community and visitors to New Smyrna Beach. The museum is funded and operated by Southeast Volusia Historical Society, the non-profit parent organization.
The museum houses the Turnbull Settlement Exhibit, an award-winning display dedicated to the Menorcan, Greek and Italian settlers who came to the New Smyrna Beach area as part of the ill-fated Turnbull Settlement from 1768 to 1777 during Florida's British Colonial time period. The exhibit features video presentations, dioramas and maps from the settlement as well as settlement artifacts recovered from the local area. The exhibit includes a timeline of local area history spanning from the prehistoric to modern day.
Also housed in the museum are the Grange-Moore Archaeology Research Center and the Sheldon Research Library which provide resources to those researching historic events or ancestors from the local area’s past and for identifying archaeological objects commonly found in the local area.
In addition to the settlement exhibits, the museum hosts a delightful exhibit of the history of surfing in the local area and traces the impact of early local surfing competitions on today’s international surfing scene. The exhibit includes a collection of historic surfboards, photos and posters from some of the first organized surfing competitions in the State of Florida.
The Southeast Volusia Historical Society is a 501C-3 non-profit organization and funds the museum through grants, fundraisers, gift shop sales and donations from great supporters such as yourself.