Come aboard as we undertake a voyage in time and tradition. Our port of call is somewhere in the past, but the harbor is a modern museum facility housed in the restored historic 1912 Schoolhouse located on the park like grounds of the Cortez Nature Preserve. Here you will find, displayed for your delight, pieces of the almost forgotten past. At the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez exhibits focus on the maritime heritage of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Don’t miss seeing the boat shop where historic vessels are restored and recreated. The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez is a joint project of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), the Cortez Village Historical Society, the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court, and the Manatee County Board of County Commission.