Who We Are

Foundation Mission

To support a world-class history and discovery center that accurately reflects our Florida Keys in a multi-faceted and interactive environment.

Foundation Vision

The vision of the Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation is that residents and visitors alike have a thorough understanding and strong appreciation of the unique history and environment of the Florida Keys.

What We Are About

The Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization registered with the state of Florida for the purpose of developing and operating the Keys History & Discovery Center.

The Foundation is funded through public and private donations, grants, membership and program fees, and sales of merchandise. The Foundation is a member in good standing of the American Alliance of Museums striving to meet and/or exceed the Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums as established by AAM in all areas of museum development and operations.

The Keys History & Discovery Center occupies a two-story, 7,500 square foot facility located in the heart of Islamorada on the property of the Islander Resort.

The ground floor explores the incredible history associated with the island chain — especially the history of the Upper Keys and its unique ecological features. The second floor hosts a series of rotating exhibitions reflecting upon the nature, art or history of the Florida Keys.

The geographic emphasis is on the Upper Keys, but encompasses other areas to tell the stories in a way that preserves our history in a meaningful, educational and entertaining manner. Major themes of interest are the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, the Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway, as well as our fishing and maritime heritage. We offer an annual lecture series, as well as undertake projects that fit with our mission and vision.

The Keys History & Discovery Center also features a 35-seat state-of-the-art movie theater and the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library.

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  State of Florida registration number: CH38469.  EIN: 46-1936911.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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