The Destin History and Fishing Museum is marking their 13th anniversary on Oct. 2 with free admission. Take this opportunity to visit and discover the history that shaped Destin from the small fishing village of the past to the world-class fishing and resort destination.

Features include 5,500 square feet of exhibit space, more than 75 mounts of locally caught fish, an outdoor Historic Park Complex featuring two historic boats, net reel and Destin’s original Post Office, science of Destin’s geologically unique sand, historic and genealogical data on the founding families and those who shaped the growth of Destin, and the Rodeo Gallery honoring Destin’s oldest fishing tournament. New exhibits include a replica of the Rodeo leaderboard, artificial reef building, bay ecology, beach ecology, early Destin entertainment, kid’s fish school, urban development, Rodeo fishbench and commercial fishing.

Relocated and updated exhibits include Pioneers of Paradise, Local Indian Culture and the enhanced Mike Long Fish Wall. The Indian exhibit includes a beautiful mural done by local artist Edgar Walter.

New historical data markers are in the Museum Heritage Park on early seine boat fishing and fish camps, seine nets and net reels and the 16 pioneer families. A new photo-op offers a photo keepsake.

The museum has audio, group, and student tours. Each visitor receives a raffle ticket for a chance at one of the 13 door prizes. The Destin History and Fishing Museum is at 108 Stahlman Ave. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call the museum with any questions at 850-837-6611.