Two New Displays Open at Florida Keys History & Discovery Center

Islamorada, FL – The Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation announces the opening of two new displays here at the museum. The Cuban boat exhibit talks about the many modes of transport that immigrants from Cuba and other Caribbean countries have used to reach the Florida Keys shores. This display is outside the museum and free to the public. 

“We have been told this this boat is actually considered a ‘Cadillac,’ as most arrived on rafts, chugs, and balsas,” said Rich Russell, Board Chairman. 

A recent addition to the first-floor exhibits is a display of Flagler Railroad and Marathon train station paintings by noted Key West/Miami Beach philanthropist Albert Perez, who passed in 2007. These paintings were donated by Kelly Moran, in honor of her parents, Clifford & Lucille Moran, who purchased them from The Caboose Restaurant, when it closed in Marathon, FL. “Kelly was honored that the museum accepted these and they can now be on display where others might enjoy a glimpse into the past,” said Bonnie Barnes, Executive Director.

About Keys History & Discovery Center:

Keys History & Discovery Center is a world-class museum that preserves and shares the incredible history of our Upper Keys community and explores the unique ecology of the region. In addition to permanent exhibits on subjects such as Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railway, Legends of the Line, and First People, the Discovery Center offers a lecture series, educating the public through presentations from a variety of expert speakers. The museum’s second floor features a state-of-the-art theater showing documentaries on topics like the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Indian Key, as well as traveling exhibits, and the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library. The center, on the property of the Islander Resort, is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For general or volunteer information, call 305-922-2237 or visit our website at

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 or by calling 305-922-2237.

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