The original settlement in St. Joseph lasted only nine years, but was a boomtown when it was founded in 1835 and competed with Apalachicola as a Gulf Coast trading port. During its short life, the city was selected over Tallahassee to host Florida's first State Constitution Convention. The museum, which sits on a portion of the park's 12 acres, commemorates the work of the 56 territorial delegates who drafted Florida's first constitution in 1838.
Following four more constitution conventions, Florida was finally admitted to the Union in 1845 as the 27th state. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through displays and exhibits of the era. A replicated convention hall takes visitors into the debate of delegates Robert Raymond Reid, William P. Duvall, David Y. Levy and Thomas L Baltzell. These life-size, audio-animated mannequins bring a realistic demonstration of the debate and process of drafting a state constitution.The museum visitor center is open from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.$2.00 per person, museum admission fee. Children 5 and younger are free.
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The Museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.and Fees :3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.$60.00 per bus or $2.00 per person, whichever is less. Driver is free.