Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
Islander Resort is the proud home of the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center. This 7,500-square-foot museum and learning center is located at the north end of the property and offers visitors a fascinating look into the story of the Florida Keys. The rich pasts of the people, places, legends, and events that shaped our development are portrayed through a variety of interactive exhibits.
The first floor focuses primarily on the Keys’ anthropological history, including the First Nations peoples, early Spanish treasure-seekers, pirates, and scavengers. Exhibits on our maritime history, Henry Flagler’s overseas railway, and the devastating Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 continue the narrative of development. Visitors can also take a closer look at the diversity of ocean life in the region via three aquariums featuring coral reef formations.
The museum’s second floor serves as an adaptable space that hosts touring exhibits. You’ll also find the Jerry Wilkinson Research Library here, as well as a 35-seat theater screening informative documentary films.