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Keys History & Discovery Center Announces Program for Low-Income Families

Keys History & Discovery Center, the only Museums for All member within Monroe County, is a world-class museum located in Islamorada. It aims to preserve and share the incredible history of our Upper Keys community and explore the unique ecology of the region.

In addition to permanent exhibits on subjects such as Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway, history of fishing, first people of the Keys, Indian Key circa 1840, Keys flats fishery, and the coral reef, the Discovery Center offers an annual lecture series, educating the public through presentations from a variety of expert speakers, as well as Curator Connections programs. Visit www.keysdiscovery.com for a complete list of program offerings.

 The museum’s also features a 35-seat theater showing documentaries on topics such as the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and the building of Flagler’s Railway, the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library, and traveling exhibits. Currently on exhibit is On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats through August 2021. The center, on the property of the Islander Resort, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country. Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation’s, the not-for-profit organization which operates the museum, joined Museums for All is part of its commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities.

More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 48 states.

 About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.

 About Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation:

Florida Keys History and Discovery Foundation formed in 2013 to develop and operate Keys History & Discovery Center. The not-for-profit organization’s board of directors is comprised of community-minded volunteers with a passion for the mission of preserving and sharing the unique history and environment of the Florida Keys, particularly that of the Upper Keys. More information can be found at www.keysdiscovery.com or by calling 305-922-2237.